McClellan becomes 1st Black woman for Virginia in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Jennifer McClellan has been sworn into the U.S. House, becoming the first Black woman to represent Virginia in Congress. McClellan says Tuesday’s swearing-in holds great significance for her family as her parents and grandparents faced Jim Crow-era obstacles just to vote. McClellan makes Virginia the 23rd state to be represented in Washington by a Black woman. McClellan is a veteran state lawmaker and won a special election last month. The seat opened when Democratic congressman Donald McEachin died weeks after being elected to a fourth term in November.