Ayanna Pressley Has Become Massachusetts’ First Black Congresswoman – Your Black World

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By: Chamar Logan

Ayanna Pressley has officially become Massachusetts first black congresswoman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Two months ago, she unseated Michael Capuano, a 10-term rep. This Tuesday, she moved through the general election unopposed. Her victory in September victory had assured Pressley keys to the office as there were no Republican racing in the heavily democratic district. Pressley will now represent the 7th congressional district. In this district, the majority of the voting population are minority.

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Pressley appeared on Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien and stated ‘‘It is hard to believe that in the 230-year history of our delegation, there’s never been a person of color.’’ Pressley has been endorsed by Former U.S. President Barack Obama and colleague as well as youngest woman ever elected to Congress Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who, in the same way as Pressley knocked off Rep. Joe Crowley of New York back in June.

Democracy for America said Tuesday night in a statement ‘‘With her victory tonight, Ayanna Pressley has not only made history as the first black woman ever elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, she’s ensured that Democrats have the voice of a young, black progressive woman helping lead the fight for inclusive populist reforms.’’

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Pressley entered the race with a clear sense of what she wanted, telling voters that she was viewing the race as ‘‘a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy”.

While Pressley has no qualms about being vocal of how proud she is to be a black woman, she makes it very clear that she believes diversity is important when in power, telling college newspaper editors in Boston ‘‘I do think that our democracy is strengthened by an engagement of new and different voices.”

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Congratulations to the newly elected Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley

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