Cori Bush Becomes Missouri’s First Black Congresswoman

Cori Bush Becomes Missouri’s First Black Congresswoman

Cori Bush has been elected to Missouri’s 1st Congressional District, making her the first Black Congresswoman in the history of Missouri. Her journey to Congress was captured for the Netflix documentary “Knock Down The House,” which premiered at Sundance in 2019. In a picture posted to Twitter, Bush posed beneath a painting of Shirley Chisholm, the first Black woman elected to the United States Congress, with a finger raised. Her caption was simple: “The First.”

Bush’s platform includes Medicare for all, $15 federal minimum wage and the previously mentioned criminal justice reform. Bush continued on Twitter detailing what this win means for her and many more. “I will be the first woman to represent Missouri’s First District in its 173 year history. We have seen a 74 percent increase in women voters here since 2016. Representation matters. A system that works for everyone matters,” Bush wrote.

Being a registered nurse herself, Bush also pointed to the bravery of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. “I am the first nurse going to Congress from Missouri – in the middle of a pandemic. Nurses all across the country have risked their lives to save others,” Bush tweeted. “Working class people need representatives who look like them and who have experienced their struggles. I am that champion.”

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