The Higher Education of the Newest Black Congressional Representative

Laura Richardson recently won a special election to the U.S. House of Representatives from California’s Thirty-Seventh Congressional District. The seat was left vacant following the death from cancer of Congresswoman Juanita Millender-McDonald.

Representative Richardson is a graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles. She spent 14 years at Xerox Corporation and earned an MBA at the University of Southern California. In 2001 she was elected to the Long Beach City Council. Five years later in 2006, she was elected to the California State Assembly.