Rep. Marilyn Strickland (D-Wash.), who last year became one of the first Korean American women to win election to Congress, was sworn in on Sunday wearing a traditional Korean hanbok.
Strickland’s office said she is the first representative to wear a hanbok during her swearing-in ceremony, doing so in “honor of her maternal heritage.”
“As a woman of both Korean-American and African-American descent, it was deeply personal to wear my Hanbok, which not only symbolizes my heritage and honors my mother, but also serves as a larger testament to the crucial importance of diversity in our nation, state, and the People’s House,” the freshman lawmaker said in a statement.
Strickland made history last November when she became one of the first three Korean American women to win election to the House. She is also the first African American to represent her state at the federal level and one of a record number of Black women to secure congressional seats last year.