Alabama freshmen on watch list
Two Alabama freshmen members of Congress were named by the St. Petersburg Times to the “10 House freshmen to watch,” which the newspaper considers future stars.
Among the more than 90 new members of the U.S. House, the Times suggested for readers to watch Democratic Rep.-elect Terri Sewell of Birmingham and Republican Rep.-elect Martha Roby of Montgomery.
The Times informed its readers that Sewell will be the first black female elected from this state to serve in Congress and that the Princeton University and Harvard law graduate comes from a family of barrier breakers. She is the only Democrat on the Times list.
Roby was considered a top recruit by U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, but had a tough fight to narrowly defeat Democratic freshman U.S. Rep. Bobby Bright.
The Times, unfortunately, did list Roby as a member of the Birmingham City Council. She is currently serving on the Montgomery City Council.
-- posted by Sebastian Kitchen