A Lil Positivity: Zena Stephens Elected First Black Female Sheriff In Texas’ History

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Zena Stephens Elected First Black Female Sheriff In Texas

It’s a great time to be a Black woman in law and politics!

39-year-old retired Beaumont police lieutenant Zena Stephens has made history after being elected the first Black female sheriff in Texas reports Houston Chronicle:

In the March primary, Stephens knocked out the incumbent sheriff’s chief deputy, who was the favorite of law enforcement and had significantly outraised Stephens. In May, she bested an African-American constable in a runoff.

“I think it is important, because I never saw anybody who looked like me in this role, or as a police chief, when I was growing up,” said Stephens. “And so the idea, not just for girls but for any minority, that you can obtain these jobs at this level, I think that’s important. And it’s important for these jobs in law enforcement and any job to reflect the community they serve.”

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Congrats to Zena!

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