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Terri Sewell ’86

Terri Sewell

Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell is in her fourth term representing Alabama’s 7th Congressional District. She is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right and is the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation. Congresswoman Sewell sits on the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence charged with the oversight of our national security. Sewell holds several leadership positions, including Freshman Class President in the 112th Congress. This current term, she was selected by Democratic leadership to serve as a Chief Deputy Whip, and sits on the prestigious Steering and Policy Committee which sets the policy direction of the Democratic Caucus. Congresswoman Sewell is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus and is Vice Chair of the New Democrat Coalition. A proud product of Alabama’s Black Belt, Congresswoman Sewell was the first black valedictorian of Selma High School. After graduating from Princeton, she attended Oxford University and received her law degree from Harvard Law School.