Bakari Sellers, a CNN commentator and former South Carolina state representative, endorsed Sen. Kamala Harris for president, her campaign announced Monday.
Sellers will formally announce his endorsement of the California Democrat at South Carolina State University on Saturday.
“From the moment she declared her candidacy for president, Kamala Harris revealed a platform that pays teachers what they deserve, addresses our maternity mortality crisis, fights for clean water, and supports storied institutions like South Carolina State University and other Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the state. These issues hit home for me, and Kamala has repeatedly offered clear solutions for each one, proving there is no problem or person too small to be heard,” Sellers said in a statement.
Sellers, an attorney, was elected to the state legislature in 2006 at age 22, becoming the youngest African American elected official in the country. He served until 2014 when he ran for lieutenant governor and lost. He joined CNN as a commentator in 2015.
He joins a list of other well-knowns who have endorsed Harris early on in the campaign. She has already secured the endorsements of California Gov. Gavin Newsom, California Rep. Barbara Lee, a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and labor and civil rights leader Dolores Huerta.