12 Morehouse Men Who Won Their Races All Over The U.S. In The 2018 Midterm Elections

Written by Dana Sanchez

Twelve graduates of Atlanta’s Morehouse College won or retained elected office across the U.S. in the 2018 midterm elections, running for mayor, city council, Congress and the judiciary.

For eight of the 12 elected officials, it was a new win, according to Rolling Out, a weekly publication owned by Atlanta-based Steed Media Group that targets multicultural viewers.

“Morehouse continues to produce the world’s best in leadership, education and politics,” wrote Maurice “Mo” Barnes, a Morehouse grad, political scientist and blues musician based in Atlanta. “This midterm election proves this. Many in the halls of power will now encounter the best and brightest who are proud to have attended “Dear Old Morehouse.”

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Morehouse is the only four-year liberal arts institution that’s historically Black and all male. The private college received a little more than 3,000 applications for fall 2016 and accepted 66 percent of the applicants, according to the U.S. News Best Colleges rankings.

Notable Morehouse alumni include Martin Luther King Jr., actor and director Spike Lee and actor Samuel L. Jackson. The college had a $141 million endowment in 2017 and ranked No. 3 in the most recent rankings for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Here is the list of 12 Morehouse graduates who won on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018:

1. Hon. Matthew Pigatt

Year of Morehouse graduation: 2009

Office: Pigatt defeated legacy politicians in a mostly Black and Hispanic community. He was elected Mayor of Opa-locka, a city of 16,000 people in Northwest Miami-Dade County, Florida. The city has seen seven people linked to its government convicted on bribery charges. “The place is transparently corrupt, money for basic public services has been squandered, and the police are forced to regularly arrest local politicians,” Miami Times reported in 2017. The city was so corrupt that a group of activists in 2017 sought to abolish the city.


2. Lincoln E. Barnett

Year of Morehouse graduation: 2011

Office: Elected Mayor of Hughes, Arkansas, a center of agricultural production and part of the Arkansas Delta region near the Mississippi River.

3. Hon. Christopher Preston

Year of Morehouse graduation: 2011

Office: A small business owner and two-term incumbent, Preston was elected to the at-large Position 2 seat of the City Council of Missouri City, Texas, located in the Houston–The Woodlands–Sugar Land metropolitan area.

4. El-Mahdi Holly

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1998

Office: Elected as the representative for the Georgia House of Representatives District 111, Holly flipped a fast-changing south metro Atlanta district. A lawsuit is pending involving racially motivated redrawing of district lines in 2015 for House Districts 111 (Henry County).

5. Hon. Ebbon Allen

Year of Morehouse graduation: 2004

Office: Won re-election as an incumbent to Washington, D.C.’s Advisory Neighborhood Committee Seat 7E03.

6. Jeremy Brown

Year of Morehouse graduation: 2006

Office: This Houston native was elected Justice of the Peace In Harris County, Texas, Precinct 7 Place 1.

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Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

7. Hon. Cedric Richmond

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1995

Office:  Won re-election as Congressman from Louisiana’s 2nd Congressional District, a majority Black district that includes most of New Orleans, portions of Baton Rouge and several communities in the parishes in between. The lone Democrat in Louisiana’s congressional delegation, Richmond claimed a fifth term in the U.S. House.

8. Hon. Steven Reed

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1996

Office: Ran unopposed and was re-elected as a Probate Judge in Montgomery, Alabama. Reed said he is considering running in Montgomery’s 2019 mayoral race.

9. Hon. Torrance Harvey

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1997

Office: Elected Mayor of Newburgh, New York, for a one-year term and almost quadrupling the opposition candidate’s vote count.

10. Kirk Hatcher

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1988

Office: Elected to represent House District 78 in the Alabama House of Representatives, Hatcher won in a landslide against an Independent. He will represent much of north, west and southwest Montgomery.

11. Hon. Roger Bruce

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1975

Office: Bruce ran unopposed in the Georgia House of Representatives 61st District — Atlanta, Cobb County.

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12. Hon. Sanford Bishop Jr.

Year of Morehouse graduation: 1968

Office: Won re-election for a 14th term as Congressman in Georgia’s 2nd Congressional District, which covers 29 counties in Southwest Georgia and includes the cities of Columbus, Macon and Albany.

About Dana Sanchez

Dana Sanchez was born in South Africa and is a U.S. citizen. After working in advertising, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida. As a business writer, she won regional and national writing awards. As editor of a daily newspaper, she coordinated staff writers, freelancers and photographers in the fast-paced environment of daily news. Dana was an editor at Moguldom Media Group for four years, helping to build and manage a team of staff and freelance writers. She works now on Moguldom.com for Nubai Ventures. A long-distance hiker and cyclist, she writes about the business of technology.