Jeannette Rankin first woman elected to Congress, was asked if she knew of any babies named for her: "Oh, yes. I’ve three namesakes already. I wrote to their mothers and asked for the babies’ pictures, and I hope they all grow to be Congresswomen.
Joseph Rainey Joseph Rainey was America's first Black congressman Date: Thu, On this date in Joseph Hayne Rainey was born. A former slave, he was the first Black man to serve in the U. House of Representatives
LGBT History Month Icon Of The Day: Barbara Jordan Barbara Jordan – first African American from a southern state to serve in the US House of Representatives, first African American to serve a keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention