Kamala Harris celebrates electoral victory of 19 black women in Texas: ‘#BlackGirlMagic’

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) took to Twitter late Monday to congratulate a group of 19 black women who made history by winning elections to become judges in a Texas county.

“Now this is #BlackGirlMagic — all 19 Black women who were running to become judges in Harris County, Texas won their races,” Harris said on Twitter. 

Harris, who previously served as California’s attorney general, also made history when she was sworn in as the state’s first black U.S. senator. She is also the first Indian-American to serve in the U.S. Senate.

According to BuzzFeed News, the 19 black women were among the 38 Democratic judges elected last Tuesday in a county with a population of more than 4 million people.

{mosads}Lori Chamber Gray, who was among the group, told a local Fox station shortly after her victory last week that she hopes the increase of diversity on the bench helps give defendants a better opportunity to have a fair trial. 

“I have dealt with a lot of judges in the last 30 years. Many of them were great judges, very experienced. But few were women and even fewer were African-American. And because I do a lot of criminal defense work, a lot of my clients are either African-American or Hispanic,” Gray, who is now the judge-elect for the 262nd Criminal District Court, said at the time. 

According to BuzzFeed News, Democrat Lina Hidalgo topped Republican incumbent Ed Emmett, who has been a judge in the county for more than a decade.

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