The New Face Of Power: Urban And Black

When Ronald V. Dellums was elected to Congress in 1970, the House wasn't a hospitable place for a black firebrand from Berkeley. Much of the power on Capitol Hill belonged to an aging band of Southern conservatives, and many young liberals saw the seniority system as an enemy. But there's nothing like two decades in Congress to change your ideas about the system. After 10 terms, Dellums last year landed the top spot on the House Armed Services Committee when Chairman Les Aspin (D-Wis.) became Defense Secretary.

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