|Member of the Vermont House of Representatives|
from the Bennington 2-2 district
January 7, 2015 – September 25, 2018
|Preceded by||Anne Lamy Mook|
|Succeeded by||Jim Carroll|
Ruqaiyah Khadijah Morris
March 14, 1976
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (BA)|
Early life and education
Morris was first elected in 2014 alongside longtime Republican representative Mary A. Morrissey. The two were reelected in 2016 after running unopposed. The only African American woman in the state legislature, Morris announced in August 2018 that she would not seek reelection to a third term following a campaign of racist threats against her and her family. She resigned the following month, citing as an additional factor the desire to focus on her husband's recovery from open-heart surgery.
|Vermont House of Representatives, Bennington 2-2 district|
|Nov 4, 2014||General||Mary A. Morrissey||Republican||1,241||42.49|
|Anne Lamy Mook did not seek reelection; seat stayed Democratic|
|Nov 8, 2016||General||Mary A. Morrissey||Republican||2,143||54.61|
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- Flynn, Meagan (January 15, 2019). "A white nationalist's harassment helped force a black female lawmaker to resign. He won't face charges". Washington Post. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
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- "Black Vermont lawmaker Kiah Morris resigns following threats". CBS News. September 26, 2018. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- Stack, Liam (September 26, 2018). "Black Female Lawmaker in Vermont Resigns After Racial Harassment". The New York Times. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- Carson, Derek (August 18, 2016). "Vermont legislators react strongly to 'racist' tweet at Bennington's Rep. Kiah Morris". The Berkshire Eagle. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
- "VT Elections Database – 2014 State Representative General Election – Bennington 2-2 District". Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
- "VT Elections Database – 2016 State Representative General Election – Bennington 2-2 District". Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved September 28, 2018.
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