Candidate name: Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester State: Delaware Bio: As many watched the 2016 election results in dismay, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester made history. She became the first woman and first Black person to be elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Delaware. As a former caseworker for then-Congressman Tom Carper, Rep. Blunt Rochester got an inside look at how the government could help people. After Carper was elected governor of the First State in 1993, he picked Blunt Rochester to be the Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services. She would then go on to serve as Delaware’s State Personnel Director and Secretary of Labor, managing 500 employees, and an $87 million budget. Before running for Congress in 2016, Rep. Blunt Rochester also served as the CEO of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League, working to increase access and opportunities for people of color. Since her election, Congresswoman Blunt Rochester has served on the Education and the Workforce Committee, as well as the Committee on Agriculture. For more information: Website  Twitter  Instagram  Facebook  TOPICS: