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Cori Bush Elected as Missouri’s First-Ever Black Congresswoman

Cori Bush, a nurse and political activist who gained national notoriety for protesting the 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, has become the state’s first Black woman ever elected to Congress.

Bush, 44, handily defeated Republican Anthony Rogers and Libertarian Alex Furman in the 1st Congressional District race Tuesday.

“I am humbled and honored to be a part of this day, but to also be on this historical ballot as the Democratic nominee for the first district here in Missouri — poised to be the first Black congresswoman from the state of Missouri, the first woman from this district ever, the first Missouri nurse, and the first activist fighting for Black lives going to Congress,” she said, the St. Louis American reported.

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