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  Austin, Richard H.
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AffiliationDemocratic  
  1975-01-01  
 
NameRichard H. Austin
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Detroit, Michigan , United States
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Born May 06, 1913
DiedApril 20, 2001 (87 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
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Feb 25, 2019 03:31pm
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InfoAustin, a Democrat from Detroit, lost a 1969 mayoral race and bounced back the next year by becoming the nation's first African-American secretary of state. He was re-elected a record five times.

In office from 1970-94, Austin championed the use of safety belts, child restraints and motorcycle helmets.

He was Detroit's first black candidate for mayor and Michigan's first black statewide officeholder.

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  11/08/1994 MI Secretary of State Lost 46.43% (-7.13%)
  11/06/1990 MI Secretary of State Won 60.63% (+21.27%)
  11/02/1982 MI Secretary of State Won 67.90% (+37.26%)
  11/07/1978 MI Secretary of State Won 65.57% (+31.15%)
  08/03/1976 MI US Senate - D Primary Lost 28.34% (-15.97%)
  11/05/1974 MI Secretary of State Won 69.28% (+40.16%)
  11/03/1970 MI Secretary of State Won 55.65% (+12.24%)
  11/04/1969 Detroit Mayor Lost 49.21% (-1.21%)
  09/09/1969 Detroit Mayor - Primary Won 38.19% (+5.99%)
  09/01/1964 MI District 1 - D Primary Lost 26.86% (-0.18%)
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