Lisa Blunt Rochester Sworn-In as the First African-American and Woman to Represent Delaware in Congress

House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) administers the House oath of office to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., as her father, Ted Blunt, stands next to her during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. (Photo: AP)
House Speaker Paul Ryan (right) administers the House oath of office to Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., as her father, Ted Blunt, stands next to her during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017.
(Photo: AP)

Lisa Blunt Rochester is now the first African-American and woman to represent Delaware in Congress.

Rochester was sworn in Tuesday on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as the state’s lone congresswoman. Rochester was elected to the seat being vacated by Delaware’s Gov.-elect John Carney.

She hosted a reception Tuesday with fellow elected officials and supporters at the Library of Congress.

Media outlets report that Rochester told supporters that the significance of her election isn’t lost on her. She reflected on a document that shows the “X’’ her great-great-great-grandfather, a former slave, signed to vote in Georgia during the Reconstruction Era, saying it represents “where we’ve come from.”

Source: The AP