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MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – Milwaukee civil rights leader Vel Phillips has died, according to Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.

Phillips is known for being the first woman elected the Milwaukee Common Council and was later the first female judge in Milwaukee County. Phillips was also the first African American elected to the state office.

Chisholm expressed his condolences to the Phillips family on Twitter Tuesday night.

On Wednesday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett also tweeted about Phillip's life and legacy.



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