1977 Shirley Chisolm was the last Black woman elected to a congressional leadership position in the Democratic Party.
When Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence lost her leadership race by a single vote, she looked up the last time a Black woman was elected to sit at her party’s leadership table in the House.
She was stunned to learn it was Rep. Shirley Chisholm of New York — 44 years ago. Politico, by Sarah Ferris and Heather Caygle.
According to Women In Congress archives, Rep. Chisholm served as the secretary of the House Democratic Caucus for four years and there hasn’t been…