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Phone: 202-225-2665

Address: 1133 LHOB, DC 20515

State Office Contact Information

Phone: (205) 254-1960

Address: 2 - 20th Street North, Birmingham AL 35203-4014

Selma AL

Phone: (334) 877-4414

Fax: (334) 877-4489

Address: 908 Alabama Avenue, Selma AL 36701-4660

Demopolis AL

Phone: (334) 287-0860

Fax: (334) 877-4489

Address: 186 Field of Dreams Drive, Demopolis AL 36732

Livingston AL

Phone: (205) 652-5834

Fax: (205) 652-5935

Address: 40 Webb Hall, 205 North Washington Street, Livingston AL 35470-2099

Marion AL

Phone: (334) 683-2157

Fax: (334) 683-2201

Address: 300 Washington Street, Marion AL 36756-2336

Montgomery AL

Phone: (334) 262-1919

Fax: (334) 877-4489

Address: 101 South Lawrence Street, Montgomery AL 36104

Tuscaloosa AL

Phone: (205) 752-5380

Address: 2501 Seventh Street, Tuscaloosa AL 35401

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Terri Sewell Biography
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  • Elected: 2010, 2nd term.
  • District: Alabama 7
  • Born: Jan. 01, 1965,
  • Education:

    Princeton U., B.A. 1986; Oxford U., M.A. 1988; Harvard U., J.D. 1992.

  • Professional Career:

    Clerk, U.S. District Court judge, 1993-94; practicing atty., 1994-2010.

  • Ethnicity: Black/African American
  • Religion:

    African Methodist Episcopal Church

  • Family: Single

Democrat Terri Sewell, the congresswoman from the 7th District, became one of the first women sent to Congress from Alabama when elected in 2010. She is also the first African-American woman elected from the state. A personable consensus-builder, Sewell was lauded by The Washington Post during her freshman year as “the breakout star” of the Congressional Black Caucus. Read More

Democrat Terri Sewell, the congresswoman from the 7th District, became one of the first women sent to Congress from Alabama when elected in 2010. She is also the first African-American woman elected from the state. A personable consensus-builder, Sewell was lauded by The Washington Post during her freshman year as “the breakout star” of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Sewell was born in Huntsville, Ala., and raised in Selma, a hotbed of activity for the civil rights movement. She grew up near the famed Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the “Bloody Sunday” clash between protest marchers and state troopers. Sewell’s family on her maternal side offered shelter for wayward travelers making the famed march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. Hailing from such a place, “you appreciate the significance of your elders’ fight for voting rights and civil rights,” Sewell said. Her mother, Nancy Sewell, was the first African-American woman elected to the Selma City Council. Her father was the high school basketball coach at Selma High School, where Sewell was the first black valedictorian. “Well, when you can get no dates because your daddy is a coach, all you can really do is study, right?” she joked.

Sewell earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University. During that time, she took part in a Big Sister program and drew inspiration from the mentor assigned to her, Michelle Robinson, now first lady Michelle Obama. While Sewell was writing her senior thesis at Princeton, she also met former Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-N.Y., the first African-American woman elected to Congress, who was retired by then and teaching at Mount Holyoke College. “I don’t know if anybody could ever follow in Shirley Chisholm’s footsteps, but I can tell you that I was inspired by her whole life story,” Sewell said.

Sewell later studied politics at the University of Oxford on a scholarship, earning a master’s degree. A theater buff, she dabbled in drama while at Oxford, directing and starring in the play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange. Later, while earning her law degree from Harvard, Sewell was a classmate of future President Barack Obama. At Harvard, she took a year off to turn her master’s thesis into a book called Black Tribunes: Race and Representation in British Politics.

After graduating, Sewell clerked for a U.S. District Court judge in Birmingham, and then in 1994 moved to New York City to work as a lawyer on Wall Street. But she returned home to Alabama to help take care of her ailing father after he suffered several strokes. Sewell was a bond lawyer and a partner in the Birmingham law firm Maynard, Cooper, and Gale.

When Democratic Rep. Artur Davis decided to leave the House after four terms to run for governor, Sewell jumped into the primary contest against eight other candidates. They included prominent local figures Earl Hilliard Jr., son of former Rep. Earl Hilliard, D-Ala., and Jefferson County Commissioner Shelia Smoot. Sewell had lower name recognition than Hilliard or Smoot, but she made up for it by outraising the other candidates with both a local and national fund-raising network, which included big name donors such as Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. She finished first in the Democratic primary with 37% of the vote. Smoot snagged second place with 29%, setting up a runoff. Smoot got the endorsement of House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., but Sewell outspent Smoot by nearly $1 million. In a relatively congenial runoff race, Sewell bested Smoot, 55% to 45%. She went on to easily defeat Republican opponent Don Chamberlain, a Selma businessman, with 72% of the vote.

In the House, Sewell has been more of a centrist than many of her more liberal Black Caucus members. She hit it off with fellow Alabama freshman House member Martha Roby, a Republican. As members of the Agriculture Committee, they worked together on a bill to reduce some of the most fertile acreage eligible for the federal Conservation Reserve Program in response to farmers who say that too much cropland is being lost to the program. On the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, Sewell joined other Alabama Republicans in looking out for the state’s NASA installations. But she also showed her loyalty to her party. When Davis switched parties and was chosen as a speaker at the 2012 Republican National Convention, Sewell blasted him for being “out of touch” and “never connected to the best interests of this district.”

Sewell sailed to reelection in 2012 over Chamberlain in a rematch with 76% of the vote. The Montgomery Advertiser, in endorsing her, called her “one of the most impressive newcomers in Congress.”

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Terri Sewell Election Results
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2012 General
Terri Sewell (D)
Votes: 232,520
Percent: 75.9%
Don Chamberlain
Votes: 73,835
Percent: 24.1%
2012 Primary
Terri Sewell (D)
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2010 (72%)
Terri Sewell Votes and Bills
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National Journal’s rating system is an objective method of analyzing voting. The liberal score means that the lawmaker’s votes were more liberal than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The conservative score means his votes were more conservative than that percentage of his colleagues’ votes. The composite score is an average of a lawmaker’s six issue-based scores. See all NJ Voting

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2013 2012 2011
Economic 61 (L) : 39 (C) 69 (L) : 31 (C) 62 (L) : 38 (C)
Social 63 (L) : 36 (C) 73 (L) : 26 (C) 64 (L) : 35 (C)
Foreign 59 (L) : 41 (C) 62 (L) : 37 (C) 64 (L) : 33 (C)
Composite 61.2 (L) : 38.8 (C) 68.3 (L) : 31.7 (C) 64.0 (L) : 36.0 (C)
Interest Group Ratings

The vote ratings by 10 special interest groups provide insight into a lawmaker’s general ideology and the degree to which he or she agrees with the group’s point of view. Two organizations provide just one combined rating for 2011 and 2012, the two sessions of the 112th Congress. They are the ACLU and the ITIC. About the interest groups.

20112012
FRC1016
LCV8080
CFG1417
ITIC-75
NTU1211
20112012
COC56-
ACLU-76
ACU08
ADA7570
AFSCME100-
Key House Votes

The key votes show how a member of Congress voted on the major bills of the year. N indicates a "no" vote; Y a "yes" vote. If a member voted "present" or was absent, the bill caption is not shown. For a complete description of the bills included in key votes, see the Almanac's Guide to Usage.

    • Pass GOP budget
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • End fiscal cliff
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Extend payroll tax cut
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2012
    • Stop student loan hike
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Repeal health care
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2012
    • Raise debt limit
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Pass cut, cap, balance
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Defund Planned Parenthood
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Repeal lightbulb ban
    • Vote: N
    • Year: 2011
    • Add endangered listings
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
    • Speed troop withdrawal
    • Vote: Y
    • Year: 2011
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