Campaign News
November 05, 2009

Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Terri Sewell in Her Historic Bid for Congress

Contact: Bret Wask, (202) 470-6295
Lilly Ledbetter Endorses Terri Sewell  in Her Historic Bid for Congress


Birmingham, AL – Terri Sewell announced today that she has earned the endorsement of women’s rights pioneer and Alabama native Lilly Ledbetter in her historic campaign to stand up for working people in Alabama’s 7th Congressional district.  Lilly Ledbetter’s work to ensure equal pay for women culminated earlier this year with the passage of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Equity Act. The landmark legislation now protects women from discriminatory pay practices.

“There are a lot of choices in the 7th district race, but Terri Sewell stands above the rest.  Terri will work with President Obama to promote and pass bills to help working people, create new jobs, pass health care reform and level the playing field for women and minorities in Alabama,” said Ledbetter.

"Just as I was honored to support President Barack Obama for his historic election, I am happy to support Terri Sewell in her historic race to be the first woman in Alabama elected to Congress. She is best candidate to fight for the rights of all. My regret is that I can not vote for her but I can encourage others."

This endorsement comes on the heels of Terri Sewell’s endorsement from the National Organization of Women citing her commitment to “strong leadership for full equality for women and girls.”

“Lilly Ledbetter has led the charge to stand up for equal pay for women.  Because of her dedication, the days of women working harder for less are coming to an end.  I am honored to have her endorsement in this race and I look forward to continuing her cause in Congress,” said Sewell.

Terri has been featured on NBC’s Today Show as one of the “Top Collegian Women” and was chosen as one of the “Top Ten College Women in America,” by Glamour Magazine.  After law school, Terri served as a judicial law clerk in Birmingham, Alabama to the Honorable Chief Judge U.W. Clemon, United States District Court (AL-ND), Alabama’s first black Federal judge. She served as the first co-chair of the Women’s Fund “Voices Against Violence” inaugural campaign, that provided funds to establish the first Domestic Violence Court in Birmingham Municipal Court.  In addition to her community service, Terri was named an Alabama Super Lawyer for 2008 & 2009 and was honored with the 2007 Minority Business “Rising Star” award by the Birmingham Business Journal (BBJ).  She was also selected by the BBJ as one of the “Top Birmingham Women” in 2005.  Terri is a lifetime member of Brown Chapel AME Church in Selma and currently worships at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham.

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