1st black woman elected to House in Alabama

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November 3, 2010 04:59

 
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MONTGOMERY, Alabama — Democrat Terri Sewell has become the first black woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Alabama on Tuesday.

Sewell defeated Republican businessman Don Chamberlain. Early, unofficial returns showed her pulling about three-fourths of the vote.

Sewell, who is from Selma and practices law in Birmingham, won easily in the heavily black and Democratic district, which stretches from downtown Birmingham into west and southwest Alabama. She said the district needs better jobs and health care.

She fills the seat left vacant by US Rep. Artur Davis, who lost a bid to become Alabama's first black governor.

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