As the first Black woman to represent Pennsylvania in the US House, Summer Lee feels a responsibility to give voice to other minorities. One way to do that: letting her constituents know they have more power to effect change than they realize.
The new Republican-controlled House has thus far failed six separate times to elect a House Speaker—the first time such a debacle has occurred since 1923. Until the new Congress elects a speaker, the House cannot assign members to committees, introduce or vote on legislation, help constituents, or even swear in members.
Control of the two chambers of Congress will come down to mail ballots that are still being counted in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon—and possibly a December Senate run-off election in Georgia.
Key victories in Western Pennsylvania, where Summer Lee will become the first Black woman to represent the commonwealth in Congress and Chris DeLuzio flipped a Republican seat, will give Pennsylvania Dems a 9-8 edge in the US House.