MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama's only Democrat in Congress has thrown her support to a candidate running to fill the Senate seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-District 7, publicly endorsed Doug Jones Friday to be the Democratic nominee in the upcoming Senate election.
Jones had already secured the endorsement of the Alabama Democratic Conference over six other candidates.
"Doug Jones shares the Democratic values that my constituents and I hold dear and he is my choice to represent Alabama in the United States Senate," Sewell said. "His experience as a US Attorney in fighting for the most vulnerable among us demonstrates his strong commitment to being a voice for the voiceless."
Jones called Sewell "a tireless champion for economic development, job creation and voting rights throughout the 7th Congressional District of Alabama," which includes Tuscaloosa, Selma, Montgomery, and parts of Birmingham.
The Senate candidate served as U.S. Attorney in Birmingham beginning in 1997. Among his prominent cases, he successfully prosecuted those responsible for killing four young girls in the 1963 Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing.
Sewell became the first African-American woman to ever be elected to Alabama's Congressional delegation in 2011.
Democrats will have a tough time unseating a Republican in Alabama where every statewide office, the legislature, and governor's office is tightly held by the GOP. The last Democrat Senator elected to represent the state in Congress was Howell Heflin, who left office in 1997.
The Democratic party hasn't given up on winning the seat despite the GOP's overwhelming strength. As the Associated Press reports, Democrats are hoping a series of scandals involving Alabama Republicans has given them an opening, particularly if the GOP primary slugfest produces a polarizing nominee in the off-year election.