Sen. Warren won’t claim minority status

 Elizabeth Warren speaks during a debate with Sen. Scott Brown in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a debate with Sen. Scott Brown in Springfield, Mass., on Oct. 10, 2012. (Elise Amendola/Associated Press)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), whose biggest campaign controversy was over claims about her Native American heritage, will not be identified as a minority in the Senate Historical Office's official directory

The Boston Herald's Hillary Chabot repeatedly pressed Warren during her campaign against then-Sen. Scott Brown (R) for claiming minority status as a Harvard professor without proof she is 1/16th Cherokee.

On Tuesday, under the headline "Liz won't beat drum," Chabot reported that Warren, who was sworn in last week, had not sought to identify herself as a minority in the official directory.

A Senate historian told the Herald that Warren would be added to the directory if she requested to identify herself as a Native American in her official biography.

Warren's Senate freshman class includes several minorities, including Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), the sixth Asian American senator, Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), the eighth Hispanic American, and Tim Scott, the seventh African American. 

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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