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Cherfilus-McCormick, first Haitian American from Florida, officially joins Congress

Rep. Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick and her family pose with members of the Congressional Black Caucus after her swearing-in ceremony.
Bryan Lowry
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Miami Herald
Rep. Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick and her family pose with members of the Congressional Black Caucus after her swearing-in ceremony.

Florida’s newest congresswoman, Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, officially took the oath of office Tuesday evening to represent the state’s most Democratic-leaning district.

Cherfilus-McCormick’s victory in last week’s special election made her the first Haitian American to serve in Florida’s congressional delegation and only the second in history, following former Utah Republican Rep. Mia Love.

“I think it’s a monumental day for us and for everyone, where we have a voice who has experienced the Haitian-American experience, who can talk about it, attest to it, really shed light on immigration issues and how it affects our entire district and the country,” Cherfilus-McCormick, 42, told the Herald after a ceremony in which she formally joined the Congressional Black Caucus.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.

Bryan Lowry