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Terri Sewell, a Democrat and attorney from Alabama, has become the first black woman in history to be elected to Washington as a representative of that state.

She triumphed in Alabama’s 7th district against Republican businessman, Don Chamberlain.

A friend of Michelle Obama at Princeton and later classmate of President Obama, Sewell returned to her place of birth to begin the political career that has now led her to Washington’s House of Representatives.

She campaigned with a promise to push for better jobs and health care for her predominately black constituents.

HelloBeautiful profiled Ms. Sewell in July as one of the 30 black women you should know about.

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Regardless of your political stance, Sewell’s victory is a wonderful achievement for all black women in our nation.

Congratulations, Terri Sewell!

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