• Leonard Webb

MA: Congresswoman Ayana Pressley

Updated: Mar 15, 2019

It’s official: Ayanna Pressley has completed her quest to become Massachusetts’ first black woman elected to the US House of Representatives.

The Democrat sailed through the general election unopposed, two months after stunning 10-term incumbent Michael Capuano in the primary.

With no Republican in the race in the heavily Democratic district, her September upset victory had all but assured Pressley the keys to the office, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. That unlikely scenario behind her, she’ll now represent the 7th Congressional District — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.

‘‘It is hard to believe that in the 230-year history of our delegation, there’s never been a person of color,’’ she said on ‘‘Matter of Fact with Soledad O’Brien.’’

Although that’s true of the House, Republican Senator Edward Brooke of Massachusetts, who took office in 1967, was the first black politician to be elected by popular vote after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913. Pressley, 44, is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council.

Endorsed by former President Barack Obama, she got a big early boost from fellow congressional upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who similarly knocked off veteran Representative Joe Crowley of New York in June.

Both rode a rising wave of pro-woman sentiment to Washington as the party embraced diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era.

Please join Ethnic Online in congratulating Ayanna Pressley as the 1st Black Congresswoman in Massachusetts!

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