Ayanna Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council. Ten years later she is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts. Unseating 10-term Rep. Michael Capuano in the state primary, 59 percent to 41 percent, Pressly will represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population. Endorsed by President Obama and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly defeated veteran Rep. Joe Crowley of New York in June, Pressley joins a large group of freshmen congresspeople heading to Washington DC this January.
Nothing I wrote tells you anything about how hard Pressley has worked and how much she has sacrificed to earn where she is today. Some of the freshman class entering the House for the 116th Congress are new to national politics. Pressley is a veteran, having worked for Joe Kennedy and then Secretary John Kerry when he was the Senator from Massachusetts. Elected to represent Boston on their at-large City Council in November 2009, Pressley has depth of experience when it comes to dealing with entrenched political systems.
Yes, get excited that she is young, a woman of color and defeated a 20 year incumbent but please remember that she is highly qualified for the job she is about to take on.
Ayanna Pressley supports Medicare for all, impeaching Trump, defunding ICE, and ending sexual violence. She also knows how governments function, understands the intricacies of government funding and has proven she can work with people she might not fully agree with on all issues.
January 3rd cannot come soon enough.