Black female first for Alabama

2010-11-03 10:36

Alabama - Democrat Terri Sewell has become the first black woman to be elected to the House of Representatives from Alabama.

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

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 Republican Artur Davis, who lost a bid to become Alabama's first black governor.

Sewell was a friend of first lady Michelle Obama at Princeton University and knew President Obama at Harvard Law School.