Congresswoman Terri Sewell
Two 20th Street,
Suite 1130 Birmingham
Home Town: Selma, Alabama
House Committee on Agriculture
-Subcommittee on Rural Development, Research, Biotechnology and Foreign Agriculture
-Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management
House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
-Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics
-Subcommittee on Research and Science Education
Terri A. Sewell is the U.S. Representative for the 7th District of Alabama. The 7th Congressional District includes parts of the cities of Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, as well as the counties of Alabama’s Black Belt – the heart of which is Congresswoman Sewell’s hometown of Selma.
Elected on November 2, 2010, Congresswoman Sewell is one of the first women elected to Congress from Alabama in her own right, as well as the first black woman to ever serve in the Alabama Congressional delegation.
Congresswoman Sewell sits on the House Committee on Agriculture as well as the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology. She is also serving as the Democratic freshman class president and as a both a regional and senior Whip.
The first black valedictorian of Selma High School, Congresswoman Sewell attended Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1986. Congresswoman Sewell was awarded a Marshall/Commonwealth Scholarship and received a Masters degree with first class Honors from Oxford University in 1988. She is a 1992 graduate of Harvard Law School where she served as an editor of the Civil Rights Civil Liberties Law Review.
After graduation, Congresswoman Sewell served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge U.W. Clemon, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama, in Birmingham. Congresswoman Sewell began her legal career at the prestigious law firm of Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City, where she was a successful securities lawyer for more than a decade. Upon returning home to Alabama in 2004, she made a significant impact both professionally and through her community activities.
Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Sewell was a partner in the Birmingham law office of Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C. where she distinguished herself as one of the only black public finance lawyers in the State of Alabama. Her clients included, among others, City of Selma, Dallas County Water Authority, Alabama State University, Stillman College, Jefferson State and Wallace State-Hanceville.
Congresswoman Sewell is the daughter of retired Coach Andrew A. Sewell and retired librarian Nancy Gardner Sewell, the first black City Councilwoman in Selma, Alabama.