This op-ed was originally published in the Birmingham News

In Alabama, women make up less than 16 percent of the state legislature. Just two Alabama women represent the state in Congress. With women making up 51 percent of our state population, I know Alabama can do better.

That lack of female representation is reflected in how our state government spends its limited resources. As we have seen recently, when women’s health is discussed in the state legislature and in Congress, men dominate the conversation. Health issues like sickle cell disease, which overwhelming impact African American women, are given short shrift…

Rep. Sewell with volunteers at the 8th Annual Job Fair

On August 8, 2019, Rep. Sewell hosted her 8th Annual Job Fair at Wallace Community College in Selma, Alabama. Hundreds of job seekers and over 70 employers from 14 different industry sectors were in attendance.

“I am deeply committed to providing greater economic opportunities to all of my constituents, especially those in the Black Belt and a key component to that begins with the dignity of a job,” said Rep. Sewell.

Rep. Sewell and other Members of Congress returned from a congressional delegation to Ghana to hold high-level discussions with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, Speaker Mike Oquaye and other senior government officials and visit U.S. Army Africa headquarters in Italy.

Congresswoman Karen Bass, Ghanan President Nana Akufo-Addo, Congresswoman Terri Sewell, Congressman Bobby Rush and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Rep. Sewell and Members of Congress gathered for a press event Tuesday, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Republicans’ Texas v. United States lawsuit, which would strike down protections for nearly 2 million Alabamians with pre-existing conditions as well as every other benefit and protection provided by the Affordable Care Act.

Congresswoman Terri Sewell and Senator Doug Jones hold photos of Alabamians whose health insurance would be endangered by the GOP lawsuit.

Reps. Terri Sewell, John Lewis, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others attend a press event on the state of voting rights in America.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 marks the sixth anniversary of Shelby v. Holder, the landmark Supreme Court decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965 (VRA) and left millions of voters across the nation vulnerable to modern-day voter suppression tactics.

Our country works best when every American is able to have their voice heard at the ballot box. Preventing anyone, let alone large portions of our population, from casting a vote is not only morally reprehensible, it is a fundamental betrayal of our Constitution.

The Court’s Shelby decision sent a simple message: voter suppression is a problem that our nation…

By Rep. Terri Sewell and Sen. Doug Jones

In the past eight years, 13 Alabama hospitals — seven of which have been in rural areas — have been forced to shutter their doors. Not only did these hospitals provide lifesaving care in their communities, they also employed hundreds of Alabamians.

Many of the rural hospitals that are still hanging on have had to cut essential services, such as labor and delivery. In 1980, hospitals in 45 of Alabama’s 54 rural counties provided obstetrical services. Today, just 16 of them offer these services — and we are seeing the effects reflected…

Rep. Terri Sewell welcomed R.B. Hudson Middle School students Alexis Perry, Corbyn Boyd and Diante Thomas, the 2018 Congressional App Challenge winners from Alabama’s 7th Congressional District, to Washington, D.C.

Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) and a bipartisan group of lawmakers called on her colleagues today to pass a permanent solution to the ongoing miners pension crisis.

“We love our coal miners in Alabama, and I stand with you like I did early on. I will stand with you until we complete our promise to the coal miners,” Rep. Sewell said at a press conference today with members of the United Mine Workers of America. “We — the federal government — must do our part, because you’ve already done your part.”

“We have to honor the retirement security you have earned,” she said. “We will honor that promise because it’s the right thing to do.”

Rep. Sewell meets with Alabama mine workers.

The minimum wage in Alabama has been stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. Since then, costs have gone up 17 percent, making it nearly impossible for working families to make ends meet.

Voters sent this Democratic majority to Congress with a clear mandate to raise the federal minimum wage and provide better economic opportunities and security for working Americans and their families. All Democrats — progressives and moderates — agree that we must raise the minimum wage and are committed to determining the best path forward in a respectful and collaborative manner.

To be clear: Alabamians deserve more than…

Intelligence Committee unanimously passes FY18 IAA with Rep. Sewell cybersecurity amendment

On Thursday, the Intelligence Committee unanimously advanced the bipartisan Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, including an amendment offered by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL). The annual IAA ensures that the programs and activities of the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), including Department of Defense (DoD) intelligence elements, are ratified in law and have adequate resources to protect the nation from local and foreign threats. Rep. Sewell offered an amendment to the FY18 IAA to strengthen protections against election-related cyber threats.

“Our national security is truly a bipartisan issue and this legislation is a reflection of both parties’ shared…

Terri Sewell

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