President Obama endorses Terri Sewell in re-election race for Alabama's 7th Congressional District
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell's bid for a third term picked up high-profile bragging rights with an endorsement from President Barack Obama.
Sewell, a Birmingham Democrat representing the 7th District, faces Tamara Harris Johnson, a lawyer and former Birmingham City attorney in the June 3 election.
"I have known Terri since law school, and she has always been a strong voice and tireless advocate for the people of Alabama," Obama said in a written statement released by the Sewell campaign. "In Congress, Terri has stood by me though the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and we've stood up to Republicans who've tried to roll back our progress time and time again."
Sewell said she is committed to helping Obama advance his economic agenda which includes increasing the minimum wage, equal pay initiative and immigration reform. Sewell described herself as one of the president's "most steadfast allies in Congress."
"I look forward to continuing to work with President Obama as we fight for an economic agenda that is committed to making sure that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules is given a fair shot," she said.
The heavily Democratic 7th District includes Birmingham, parts of Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and much of the Black Belt. Sewell is the only Democrat in Alabama's congressional delegation.