From Poverty to Power: Chaplain of the U.S. Senate

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Barry Black started life under humble circumstances. In fact, his family was so poor they were evicted from their home not once, but three times.

Today, he's a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral who influences some of the most powerful people in the world

In 2003, Black was elected the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. According to the Senate's website, the legislative body elected its first chaplain in 1789.

Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over 27 years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.

As rear admiral, his personal decorations included the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal , Meritorious Service Medals , Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals , and numerous unit awards, campaign, and service medals.

Recently, CBN News interviewed Black about his duties as chaplain of the United States Senate.

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