A major feat has been recorded in the United States as Ayana Pressley emerged the first black woman to be elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
To this effect, Pressley is the member-elect of the United States House of Representatives for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district.
She achieved this after defeating 10 term incumbent Michael Capuano in the September’s Democratic primary and stood unopposed without having a Republican challenger at the Mid Term elections which held on Tuesday.
Pressley who could not contain her emotions after being declared winner of the primaries said in June, “My experiences as a black woman, my worldview and how that’s shaped my values are in sharp contrast with how Capuano sees the world. Now, the electorate gets to decide if my view is better. All I’m saying is it’s different.”
Following the midterm election, Pressley noted that she would be focused on the issues that impact her constituency.
“While they are certainly exacerbated by the hatred and vitriol coming out of the White House, the challenges facing Massachusetts’ 7th district are not new and they have existed for decades,
“In Congress, I will be focused on lifting up the voices of those in community, partnering with activists and residents, and ensuring that those closest to the pain are closest to the power, driving and informing the policy-making, “she said.
The newly elected congresswoman is also the first black woman elected as a member of the Boston city council. In 2014, she was named one of the 10 Oustsanding Young Leaders by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce In 2016, she was named one of The New York Times 14 young Democrats To Watch.