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Muriel Bowser Congratulates Chicago's First Black Female Mayor

April 3, 2019

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday night congratulated new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city’s first black woman and openly gay person elected to lead the city.

Lightfoot, who is a former federal prosecutor and has a daughter with her wife, secured more than 73 percent of the vote, WBBM reported.

“Welcome to the sisterhood of women mayors,” Bowser said in a tweet. “We are strong, we are fierce & we are growing in number. As we close out #EqualPayDay, we know we have more work to do but your victory means so much to us all.”

Once Lightfoot is sworn into office next month, Chicago will be the largest city in the country to have a black woman as the mayor.

Throughout her campaign, Lightfoot assured voters she will end Chicago’s cycle of corruption and assist the city’s low-income and working-class residents.

Lightfoot previously worked for former Mayor Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel, who opted not to run for a third term, according to WBBM.

Bowser is currently serving her second term and was the first D.C. mayor to be reelected since 2002, according to The Washington Post.

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