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The U.S. Capitol Historical Society (USCHS) hosted a reception in honor of the new Members of Congress in March. Speaker Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Reid, other leaders of the House and Senate, and the Republican and Democratic Presidents of the House Freshman Class co-hosted the event. The reception was held in Statuary Hall located in the United States Capitol.
Each new Member participated in a special way by recording his or her thoughts about some first experiences as a Member of Congress.
Terri Sewell '92 (Alabama, 7th District) Freshman Class President of the Democrat Party, received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and graduate degree from Harvard Law School she shared first impressions:
“I have to tell you that being a Member of Congress and walking into this beautiful chamber, Statuary Hall, was just breathtaking, you read about it in your civic books, your government books in high school;, but nothing beats reality. I had to pinch myself actually. And the day I was sworn in was just really magical. To look around the chamber and see members of Congress that you watch on C-Span and grown up knowing and reading about and to be able to call them colleagues now, is awe inspiring, and all I can say is God Bless America.”
Congresswoman Sewell spoke of her humble beginnings:
“I grew up in a household in Alabama that was very much about public service. My mother was the first African American City Council Person, from the State of Alabama, serving in Selma, Alabama.”
“My mom was a wonderful role model. Her leadership on the City Council in my local town was a great igniter of interest, and giving back, and of serving people.”
“The last time I lived and worked in Washington D.C. I was working as a summer intern for my Congressman from the 7th Congressional district, 25 years ago, so I feel like in some ways it was a full circle moment for me.”
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