- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah made history on Tuesday by electing the first black woman ever to its state legislature.

Democrat Sandra Hollins, a social worker from Salt Lake City, defeated Republican Kristopher Smith by a 62-32 percent margin.

Hollins will replace House Minority Leader Jennifer Seelig in District 23 covering northwest Salt Lake City.

The first black person ever elected to Utah’s Legislature was Reverend Robert Harris. He was elected to the House in 1976.

According to the Utah State Archives, three other black men have served in the Legislature since Harris.



Hollins’ historic election comes as Utah voters delivered another landmark election win Tuesday.

Voters in Utah’s 4th Congressional District elected Republican Mia Love to serve as the first black Republican woman in the history of the U.S. Congress.

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