Congresswoman Terri Sewell

Representing the 7th District of Alabama



“As the daughter of two longtime educators, I know that education is the great equalizer. Education has been and continues to be the single best avenue into the middle class for individuals across my district.”

-Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell 

A successful workforce starts with a solid education base.  As a product of public schools and the daughter of two educators, I know firsthand the difference that a strong education can make in achieving the American Dream, regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic background.  Improving education can help break the cycle of poverty that affects families all across west Alabama. Children from every background and every walk of life deserve the right to reach their full potential.  With that in mind, we must expand our efforts to involve positive role models in the lives of our youth, we must enlist community and business leaders to go into our schools and deliver a message of commitment, responsibility, and hope and we must work to create jobs through innovation, education and training.  When our communities unify, our families are strengthened, economic opportunities are created and our children are better prepared for the future.

Check back in the coming week for updates concerning my work and views on education.
For more information in the meantime, please contact my Washington, DC office
I look forward to your feedback.
Thank you.


More on Education

May 12, 2021 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) announced more than $163 million in emergency funding for colleges and universities in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District from the American Rescue Plan. The funding will help local institutions recover from the severe financial fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and continue serving students safely. At least half of the funding each institution receives will be distributed in the form of emergency cash assistance grants to students who are struggling to make ends meet while pursuing their education.  

May 5, 2021 Press Release

Montgomery, AL — Today, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) continued her American Rescue Plan District Tour with a stop at Carver High School to highlight the direct relief that Montgomery County Public Schools will receive from the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Thanks to the historic legislation, Montgomery County Public Schools will receive $129.7 million to get children back in schools safely and make up for lost time in the classroom.

Apr 9, 2021 Press Release

Birmingham, AL - Today, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) welcomed First Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden to Birmingham to highlight the historic reduction in child poverty that will be achieved thanks to the American Rescue Plan. Rep. Sewell played a critical role in drafting the expansions of the Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit in the American Rescue Plan, which are projected to cut child poverty in the United States by more than a half. 

Oct 1, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Today, Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted in favor of the Updated Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the ongoing needs that have resulted from the COVID-19 public health crisis. This bill reflects current negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, as well as needs that have risen since the original Heroes Act passed the House of Representatives in May 2020.

Sep 22, 2020 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Sewell voted in support of the continuing resolution legislation H.R. 8337, which provides for the continuation of funding for the programs contained in the 12 annual appropriation acts for FY2020. The bill passed the House in a final vote of 359-57-1.


Sep 17, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC- This week, Congresswoman Terri Sewell voted in favor of H.R. 2639, the Strength in Diversity Act of 2020 and H.R. 2574, the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA).  The Strength in Diversity Act passed the House of Representatives 248-167 on Tuesday and the Equity and Inclusion Enforcement Act (EIEA) passed 232-188 on Wednesday.

Sep 26, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Wednesday, the House passed bipartisan government funding legislation to delay another government shutdown until December 7, combining a short term discretionary stopgap bill with full discretionary spending for the departments of Defense, Labor, Education, and Health and Human Services. The funding package includes provisions which would provide loan flexibility for struggling Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and address regional disparities in Medicare reimbursement policies. Congresswoman Terri A.

Jul 24, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Darin LaHood (R-IL) introduced H.R. 6486, a bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code to exclude certain post-graduation scholarship grants from being treated as gross income and, in turn, help recruit professionals into the workforce, help alleviate student loan debt, and promote economic growth in communities. This legislation would create parity for student loan payments with how scholarship payments made by foundations are currently treated under the tax code.

Nov 28, 2017 Press Release

Montgomery, AL – Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) is proud to announce the opening of the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. The competition is open to both public and private high school students throughout the 7th Congressional District, as well as home-schooled high school students. The winner will receive two free round-trip airfare tickets to Washington, D.C., to attend an official reception honoring the winners from all the congressional districts around the country. In addition, their artwork will be showcased in the U.S. Capitol for one year.