7 U.S. Congresswomen who Graduated from MSIs

by Tania Irwin

This January was the inauguration of President Donald Trump. What was supposed to be a celebratory occasion, turned sour as protestors dominated the news circuit. The next day, January 20th, approximately 4.8 million women gathered all over the United States to host a Women’s March on Washington. During the march, women participated in the elevation of women empowerment and support. In recognition of their efforts, today’s Monday Morning MSI Line Up highlights Congresswomen that graduated from a minority serving institution.

1) Jennifer González: University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras (HSI)—San Juan, PR

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Jennifer is Hispanic American and a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. She was recently elected as the Resident Commissioner of the New Progressive party in Puerto Rico. She will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

2) Norma Torres: Mt. San Antonio College (AANAPISI/HSI)—Walnut, CA

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Norma is Hispanic American and grew up in Los Angeles, CA, having been born in Escuintla, Guatemala. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of California. She has served in the 114th Congress (2015-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

3) Alma Adams: North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (HBCU)—Greensboro, NC

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Alma is African American and from High Point, North Carolina. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of North Carolina. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress from 2013-2017 and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

4) Gloria Negrete-McLeod: Chaffey College (HSI)— Rancho Cucamonga, CA

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Gloria is Hispanic American and from Los Angeles, California. She has served in the 113th Congress and fulfilled her congressional term from 2013 to 2015. During the course of her 12 years serving in the state legislature she was proud to have sponsored more than 160 bills into law through three different governors.

5) Tammy Duckworth: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI

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Tammy is Asian Pacific American, having grown up in Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, as well as across Southeast Asia due to her family’s international development work. She has served as a Democratic Representative of Illinois in the 113th Congress (2013-2015). She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Senator of Illinois and will serve until the year of 2023.

6) Joyce Beatty: Central State University (HBCU)—Wilberforce, OH

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Joyce is African American and a native of Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Ohio. She has served in the 113th and 114th Congress (2013-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

7) Colleen Hanabusa: University of Hawaii at Manoa (AANAPISI/AANH)—Honolulu, HI

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Colleen is Asian Pacific American and a native of Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii. She was recently re-elected as a Democratic Representative of Hawaii. She has served in the 112th, 113th and 114th Congress (2011-2017) and will serve as a member of the 115th Congress for the 2017-2019 congressional term.

To read more about women of color in Congress, please visit this website.

Do you know any other Congresspeople who graduated from an MSI? Share in the comments below!

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