Montgomery, AL (WSFA) - Newly elected Congresswoman Terri Sewell just wrapped up a whirlwind week on capital hill. The district seven representative completed freshman orientation last week.
Representative-elect Terri Sewell is part of the largest class of house freshmen in more than 60 years. In a one on one interview with WSFA 12 News, Sewell said, "It is such a tremendous honor to represent our home district ." Just back from freshman orientation, Sewell is ready to get to work for the 7th congressional district. She says her first order of business is job creation. Sewell says, "What you have to do is address our transportation and infrastructure needs and improve our roads and our bridges and our sewers so that we can start creating economic corridors."
Sewell also strongly supports the President's healthcare package, which Republicans have vowed to repeal. Representative-elect Sewell said she'll fight to keep it in place. "I believe that the 7th congressional district definitely benefited from healthcare reform. While the bill was not perfect, it was a good first step for increasing the amount of access to quality healthcare "
Another benefit for many in her district, the black farmers settlement which the Senate approved last week. Sewell says, "I think there are a lot of black farmers and farmers in general could benefit from getting additional resources. " The Democrat says with Republicans now in control of the house, her job will be a more challenging, but one she's ready to take on. Sewell says, "I am ready to roll up my sleeves and get to work."
Last week, Sewell signed a document that said she would support Nancy Pelosi as house minority leader. Sewell says she looks forward to working with the democratic leadership.
The last time Sewell worked in Washington, D.C. she was an intern for then district 7 Congressman Richard Shelby.