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On November 6, 2018, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley was elected to represent Massachusetts’ 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, making her the first woman of color to be elected to Congress from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Like many in her district, Congresswoman Pressley has endured numerous hardships throughout her life, and it is because of those experiences that she remains a dedicated activist who’s devoted to creating robust and informed policies that speak to the intersectionality of her district’s lived experiences.
In January 2018, Pressley announced her challenge to incumbent United States Representative Michael Capuano in the 2018 Democratic primary nomination for the Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. Pressley was endorsed by The Boston Globe and a local chapter of the hotel and electrical worker union, Grassroots movements including Democracy for America, Brand New Congress and the Justice Democrats supported Pressley. She campaigned with the slogan "change can't wait", and promised that she would bring "activist leadership." In the September 4, 2018, Democratic primary election, Pressley defeated Capuano by a margin of 59% to 41%. She won the general election unopposed.
Meet Ayanna. (2019, March 27). Retrieved September 28, 2019, from https://pressley.house.gov/about.