Yep that’s right.  I’m standing next to California State Assemblywoman Laura Richardson who is the newest member of the United States Congress, unofficially.   

With 100 percent of the 334 precincts reporting in the race for California’s 37th Congressional District, Richardson has emerged as victorious in her campaign to replace the late Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald who passed away from cancer in April.  Richardson, 45, is the 243rd woman and 26th African-American female ever to serve in the United States Congress.  Richardson received 67.05% of the votes cast.

The final election results are expected to be certified by California’s Secretary of State Debra Bowen this week.  Richardson will be sworn into office on September 4, 2007 in Washington D.C.

The 37th Congressional of California includes the diverse communities of Carson, Long Beach, Compton, Signal Hill, Watts, and Willowbrook.

Congrats Laura!