Out of many, several firsts elected across US in midterms

Elias Hubbard
November 8, 2018

Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley will represent Massachusetts' 7th Congressional District in the next Congress. Pressley stunned the political establishment in September, defeating a 10-term incumbent in the Democratic primary, and was unopposed on Tuesday. At her victory speech, Pressley told her cheering supporters that women of colour have had to create "seismic shifts" in order to break through barriers that have kept them from office. Rock a black leather jacket?' she asked the crowd. 'None of us ran to make history. "We have arrived, change is coming and the future belongs to all of us".

Also in the House, Democrats Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of MI will be the first Muslim women to serve in Congress.

'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.

Ayanna Pressley on Tuesday night officially became the first Black women to represent MA in Congress after officials confirmed her inevitable victory. Edward Brooke of MA, took office in 1967 as the first black politician to be elected by popular vote after the 17th Amendment was ratified in 1913.

But Pressley did receive some important endorsements herself: popular state Attorney General Maura Healey and New York's Alexandria Ocasico-Cortez, who called Pressley her "sister in service".

The Chicago native settled down in Boston after college and later became the city's first black councilwoman.

Pressley campaigned on the need to change the House's status quo. It includes the neighborhood of Roxbury, the traditional center of Boston's black community.

But Pressley also made clear the importance of diversity in the nation's halls of power.

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