JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Rep. Bennie Thompson has won reelection to his U.S. House seat in Mississippi.
Thompson, a Democrat, defeated Republican Brian Flowers, a military veteran who works at Grand Gulf Nuclear Station.
Thompson has been in Washington since winning a special election in 1993. He is chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
He is the longest-serving member of Mississippi’s current congressional delegation. He is also the only Democrat and the only African American representing the state on Capitol Hill.
The congressional district includes most of Jackson and stretches along the Mississippi through the Delta. It is the only majority-Black district in the state.
Throughout his congressional career, Thompson has supported relief efforts for parts of the state affected by hurricanes and other weather issues and has worked to pass legislation aimed to lessen racial disparities in the education and healthcare systems.
He served as the chairman of the Democratic National Convention and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden ahead of Mississippi’s primary in March.
“Our country is in dire need of moral leadership that can end today’s division and hate and bring our country together,” Thompson said then. “Joe has shown that he has character and unmatched skills to lead us and get things done.”