19 Black Women All Win Judgeships in Harrison County, Texas

Tuesday’s election saw history made several times over, with the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, Congress’ first lesbian Native American and first Muslim woman, the first openly gay governor, and more. But one end result in Harrison County, Texas deserves its own honorable mention.

“A group of 19 black women made history Tuesday when they all won elections to become judges in one Texas county during the midterm elections,” Buzfeed reports. Their names are Sandra Peake, Judge Ramona Franklin, Judge Maria Jackson, Germaine Tanner, Angela Graves-Harrington, Cassandra Holleman, Tonya Jones, Dedra Davis, LaShawn Williams, Latosha Lewis Payne, Linda Dunson, Toria Finch, Erica Hughes, Lucia Bates, Ronnisha Bowman, Michelle Moore, Sharon Burney, Shannon Baldwin, and Lori Chambers Gray.

The group of women are calling it a case of “black girl magic” and a sign of growing diversity in government and in the legal and criminal justice fields in particular.

Harris County is Texas’ largest county with a population of 4 million.


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