Black History in the Making: Congresswoman Terri Sewell
Since being in office, Congresswoman Terri Sewell has held numerous "town hall" meetings to gain perspectives from the constituents of her district. That's important for any politician, but did you know that Congresswoman Sewell is the first black woman elected to Congress from Alabama?
A longtime advocate for social justice, Sewell's website provides a brief glimpse of some of her latest actions including introducing legislation to increase Medicare reimbursements for rural hospitals. She is known for being an outspoken advocate for jobs creation, workforce development, skills training and for providing resources and economic opportunities in the 7th Congressional District, but in her short time in Congress, Sewell has also held numerous leadership positions.
Before being elected to Congress, Sewell was the first black woman partner in the Birmingham law office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., where she distinguished herself as one of the only black public finance lawyers in the State of Alabama. She was also the first black valedictorian of Selma High School and is an honors graduate of Princeton University and Oxford University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.