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History Maker: An Interview With Congresswoman-Elect Pramila Jayapal

The first Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress hails from Washington’s 7th Congressional District.

November 11, 2016

Pramila Jayapal made history election night as she defeated Brady Walkinshaw in the race for the 7th Congressional District. The 37th Legislative District state senator from Seattle became the first Indian-American woman to be elected to the U.S. Congress. But, her victory was bittersweet as the Democrat and former immigrant rights activist saw Donald Trump win the presidency and Republicans hold on to majorities in the Senate and House.

In a Vote 2016 conversation with KCTS 9’s Enrique Cerna, the congresswoman-elect talks about the election of Donald Trump, the challenges ahead and the importance of making a historical victory.



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Enrique Cerna

The son of Mexican immigrants, Enrique Cerna was born and raised in the Yakima Valley.  Enrique joined KCTS 9 in January, 1995. He has anchored current affairs programs, moderated statewide political debates, produced and reported stories for national PBS programs in addition to local documentaries on social and juvenile justice, the environment and Latinos in Washington State.

Enrique has earned nine Northwest Emmy Awards and numerous other honors. In June, 2013, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Northwest Chapter’s Silver Circle for his work as a television professional.

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