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Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester On Delaware's Future

Posted: Jul 06, 2017 5:54 PM Updated:
Lisa Blunt Rochester sits down with WBOC's Madeleine Overturf Lisa Blunt Rochester sits down with WBOC's Madeleine Overturf

The First State has a new first in Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester. Rochester is Delaware's first woman and person of color to serve in Congress. And if you ask her, she'll tell you there's not a better time to work in Washington on behalf of Delawareans.

"When I think about the future of Delaware, I think about new industries," Rochester tells WBOC. "[Such as] Looking at farming from a new perspective...It looks bright and exciting."

Before Rochester, a Democrat, was elected, she served as the Secretary of Labor and Deputy Secretary of Health and Social Services and State Personnel Director. Rochester serves on the House Committee on Agriculture as well as the House Committee on Education and Workforce, something which holds special meaning to her.

"I have two kids who graduated from Delaware public schools," she says. "Now I get to work on those issues of higher education as I'm on the Education and Workforce Committee."

Rochester says expanding technology in agriculture and sustaining small businesses is crucial for Delaware and the nation.

"I'm looking forward to the things to come: focusing on jobs and the economy and bringing people together," she says.

Rochester says her historic election did not hit her until she was sworn in on the house floor.

"All of a sudden, history just flooded in," she recalls. "The fact that I'm the great great great granddaughter of a former slave and that so many women fought to even have the right to vote...all of that rushed in and I just felt humbled."

But now, she says, even her election is history, and it's time to focus on Delaware's present and future. 

"I think the moment of excitement was great, [but] now it's time to work," she says with a smile. "It's time to work."

To learn more about Rochester click here. 

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