LOS ANGELES - Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald, a seven-term congresswoman from Southern California described as a trailblazer and a leader in election reform, has died of cancer. She was 68.

Millender-McDonald died Saturday at her home in Carson.

Millender-McDonald represented a heavily Democratic southern California district that includes Compton, Long Beach and parts of Los Angeles.

This year she became the first black woman to chair the Committee on House Administration, which oversees operations of the House and federal election procedures. *

- Associated Press