Ayanna Pressley

Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley is taking her local government experience to Washington after winning her bid for Massachusetts’ 7th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in the Nov. 6 election.

In 2009, Pressley became the first woman of color elected to the Boston City Council, where she helped establish the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities; convened the first listening-only hearing in the City Council’s history, where councillors heard from 300 families impacted by homicides; and helped revise and mandate enforcement of a pregnant and parenting teen policy for Boston Public Schools.

In the past three city elections, Pressley, 44, received the highest vote total among council candidates – the first person of color to do so and the first woman in 30 years to top the ticket.

Pressley previously worked as a senior aide for Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and for then-Sen. John Kerry. She becomes the first African-American woman elected to represent Massachusetts in Congress.

Pressley was the keynote speaker at the Women Elected Municipal Officials Leadership Luncheon held during the 2014 MMA Annual Meeting & Trade Show.

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