She got into politics after the Ferguson protests. She just became the first Black woman to represent Missouri in Congress

ST. LOUIS, MO – NOVEMBER 03: Congresswoman-elect Cori Bush dances with supporters during her election-night watch party on November 3, 2020 at campaign headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. With tonight’s victory, the Democrat Bush becomes the first African-American woman to be elected to Congress from the state of Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

(CNN)Cori Bush, a progressive community leader and veteran Black Lives Matter activist, won a House seat in Missouri, becoming the state’s first Black woman to represent the state in Congress, according to CNN projections.Bush defeated newcomer Republican Anthony Rogers by a 79% to 19% margin in the race to represent Missouri’s 1st congressional district, which covers St. Louis and parts of St. Louis County.

She was expected to win the general election after her upset in the Democratic primary over incumbent Rep. William Lacy Clay — a Black lawmaker who, along with his father former Rep. William Clay Sr., had represented the district for 50 years.

“This is definitely a night to remember,” Bush said in a speech on Tuesday.Bush, a nurse and a pastor, became an organizer and protest leader after the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. She ran on a progressive platform, championing policies including Medicare-For-All and the Green New Deal.

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