Watson Coleman makes history with New Jersey win

When Representative-elect Bonnie Watson Coleman takes the oath of office in January, she will join a growing group of female legislators in Washington, but she will also make history in New Jersey, which had never elected a black woman to Congress.

Watson Coleman, a long-time state lawmaker and Democratic Party player, defeated her Republican opponent in an open-seat contest for the 12th District U.S. House seat, making her the first woman elected to represent the state in more than a decade and the state’s first-ever African-American congresswoman.

Watson Coleman said she does not view her election only through a gender and racial lens. The milestone matters inasmuch as the public wants its representatives to reflect their own race and gender, she said.

“At the end of the day it’s all about lifting our economy up collectively, our society up collectively, and making sure everybody has a decent life,” she said.

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