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Growing up, Congressman Gary A. Franks was no stranger to hard times. He was the youngest in a family with six children, born to hard-working parents. Because money was tight, he and his siblings learned the value of hard work and dedication. They learned to earn a living and really fight for what they wanted.

 

Through perseverance, Gary Franks enrolled at Yale University. He was offered several basketball scholarships, but chose instead an academic one. In every group he joined, he became the clear choice for leadership. He earned the prestigious scholar-athlete award and the spot of captain on both the freshman and varsity basketball teams. Emerging with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, he was ready for an exciting career.

 

In 1990, Gary Franks became the first, and only to-date, African-American congressman elected from the state of Connecticut. He was the first republican African-American elected into the House of Representatives since 1932. This alone is a major feat, but he continued to impress throughout his time spent in congress. He would spend the next six years in the position, having a hand in several legislative motions.

 

Gary A. Franks played a big part in the Civil Rights Act of 1991. The goal was to put an end to workplace discrimination. Even in the wake of the 1960’s Civil Rights Act, many cases that reached the Supreme Court were over discrimination disputes. This new act has made a huge positive impact across several industries. He also supported the welfare reform package of 1996. This change was meant to instill a sense of personal responsibility and balance the use of federal funds. It was a push towards weaning people from dependency on federal handouts.

 

Gary Franks is proud of his congressional contributions. He views them as important steps towards total equality and brighter future for Americans of every creed, all across the nation.

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