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Yvonne Miller, Virginia's First Black Woman Legislator, Dies At 77

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State Senator Yvonne Miller speaks at an event in 2010. Miller passed away this week at the age of 78.
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State Senator Yvonne Miller speaks at an event in 2010. Miller passed away this week at the age of 78.

Lawmakers and residents in Virginia are mourning the death of State Senator Yvonne Miller, the first African-American woman elected to the state legislature. 

Miller became the first black woman to win a seat in Virginia House of Delegates in 1983, and then broke the combined gender and color barrier again four years later by winning a seat in the state Senate. Miller was known as an outspoken advocate for Virginia's poor and minority residents.

You could count on Miller always to speak truth to power, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said in a statement. She was 77.

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