Terri Sewell

Hey Congress, there’s an app for that!
Students swarm Capitol Hill, showcase computer science skills


#HouseOfCode, a Computer Science Festival on Capitol Hill, welcomed 232 students from 129 congressional districts who all assembled in a packed room inside Rayburn. These high-tech middle and high schoolers wore their “congressional app challenge” cotton tees with pride, favoring computer applications over the typical D.C. attire. The task was to showcase their contributions to computer science and, once I showed up, explain “coding.”

“Coding ... is a language where you’re trying to write an application,” high school senior Ryan Lee began explaining before his galactic-themed game, “Space Exploration,” caught my attention. (I’m a sucker for space and, full disclosure, he lost me at “language.”)

'No Vote, No Voice,' Says Newly Formed Voting Rights Caucus
Lawmakers draw attention to voting restrictions since 2013 SCOTUS ruling

From left, Reps. G.K. Butterfield, Terri A. Sewell, Eddie Bernice Johnson and Xavier Becerra at a news conference at the House Triangle on Tuesday to launch the Voting Rights Caucus. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Ahead of what's likely to be the first presidential election since 1965 without the Voting Rights Act in full effect, 50 members of Congress have joined to form the Voting Rights Caucus.  

The caucus will work to educate the public about voting restrictions enacted since the Supreme Court struck down a key section of the Voting Rights Act in 2013.  

Terri Sewell Leads Alabama Plan for National Park
Democrat rallies legislation to designate Birmingham civil rights sites

Terri Sewell, seen here in Selma in her district, is hoping Birmingham's Civil Rights District will become a national park. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Rep. Terri A. Sewell, D-Ala., welcomed to Washington a delegation of civic and civil rights leaders from her state as part of a bipartisan proposal to designate Birmingham's Historic Civil Rights District as a national park.  

"A national park designation allows a city like Birmingham to partner with the National Park Service to make sure we can preserve these historical sites," Sewell said at a National Press Club event surrounded by Birmingham's Mayor William A. Bell, City Council President Pro Tempore Jay Roberson and others.