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

Mar 1, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, President Donald Trump issued an executive order amending federal policy towards historically black universities and colleges (HBCUs). The executive order relocates the White House Initiative on HBCUs, requires federal agencies to plan for greater HBCU participation in federal initiatives, but provides no path forward for increasing federal funding for HBCUs.

Apr 8, 2015 Press Release

MONTGOMERY, AL – On Thursday, April 9th Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will welcome National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astronaut (NASA) Dr. Scott D. Tingle (Capt., U.S. Navy) to Carver Elementary and Arts Magnet School in Montgomery. Upon his "landing," Captain Tingle will make a special presentation to 5th graders and the entire student body will host a welcoming parade.

Dec 3, 2013 Press Release

MONTGOMERY, AL –Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (D-AL) will host the 5th Project R.E.A.D.Y seminar on Friday December 6, 2013 at Trenholm State Technical College. The event will feature workshops on career development and workforce options. The workshops will serve as a tool to prepare attendees for career readiness and job training.

“Job creation remains my top priority and I hope my constituents will continue to take full advantage of a Project R.E.A.D.Y workshop in a town near them,” Rep. Sewell said.

Nov 20, 2013 Press Release

Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell released the following statement on Ramsay High School being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

“I am so proud of the teachers, administrators and students of Ramsay High School in Birmingham for earning this prestigious award.  Ramsay High School is highly deserving of this recognition for its exceptional academic standards and exemplary student body.

Jul 19, 2013 Press Release

“Today, I voted against passage of H.R. 5 because it undermines our ability to ensure all students are given equal opportunities to reach their full potential. Instead of working towards a bipartisan solution to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), this partisan bill includes extreme policies that would prevent America’s students from succeeding. This bill keeps education funding at sequestration levels, removes accountability provisions, weakens requirement standards, and eliminates and weakens protections for disadvantaged students.

May 10, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) announced that $1.59 million was awarded to four colleges in the 7th Congressional District for the Upward Bound Program under the U.S. Department of Education. The Upward Bound Program is one of eight Federal TRIO programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first generation college students and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post baccalaureate programs.

Apr 25, 2012 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Terri A. Sewell (AL-07) announced that the University of West Alabama (UWA) was awarded $235,543 from the U.S. Department of Education under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP). This funding will be used for UWA’s Project Engage which seeks to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, as well as address the shortage of minorities in professional STEM fields.