Ayanna Pressley Profile
Ayanna Pressley is an American politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district since 2019. Pressley’s district includes the northern three-fourths of Boston, parts of Milton, most of Cambridge, as well as all of Chelsea, Randolph, Everett, and Somerville.
Being a member of the Democratic Party, she defeated ten-term incumbent Mike Capuano in the primary election and ran unopposed in the general election. Pressley had been previously elected as an at-large member of the Boston City Council in 2010. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Boston City Council.
Pressley is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
Ayanna Pressley Education
Pressley attended the Francis W. Parker School. While there, Pressley was a cheerleader, did modeling and voice-over work appeared in Planned Parenthood bus advertisements, and was a competitive debater. During her senior year of high school, Ayanna was voted the “most likely to be mayor of Chicago” and was the commencement speaker for her class
From 1992 to 1994, she attended the College of General Studies at Boston University, but she left school to take a full-time job at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to support her mom, who had lost her job. Pressley took further courses at Boston University Metropolitan College, also known as MET.
Ayanna Pressley Age
Pressley was born as Ayanna Soyini Pressley on February 3, 1974, in Chicago, Illinois United States (she is 46 years old as of 2019.) She celebrates her birthday on 3rd February every year.
Ayanna Pressley Height
Pressley stands at a height of 1.67 m tall.
Ayanna Pressley Family/ Parents
Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, but grew up in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Martin Terrell and Sandra Pressley. Her mother worked in multiple kinds of jobs to get ends meet to support her family. She also worked as the community organizer for the Chicago Urban League which advocated for the rights of tenants.
Her Dad, on the other hand, had struggled with addiction throughout her Pressley’s childhood. He eventually became a professor at a local college. Her parents later divorced.
Her mother later moved to Brooklyn, where she worked as an executive assistant and later remarried When Pressley was elected to the Boston City Council, her mother would often attend the public meetings, wearing a hat that said “Mama Pressley.”
Ayanna Pressle Husband
Pressley is married to her husband Conan Harris who has a stepdaughter. She also confesses she survived the trauma of having gone through Sexual abuse as a child. She also was sexually abused before when she was still a student at Boston University. She adds that she and her stepdaughter are living a happy life together despite not being related.
Ayanna Pressley Net Worth
Pressley has an estimated net worth is $1 Million which she has earned through her career as a politician.
Ayanna Pressley Career
After finally graduating from Boston University, Pressley decided to work as a district representative Joseph P. Kennedy II. The work involved assisting constituents with Social Security claims and working with senior citizens and people who have disabilities. She was then promoted to Kennedy’s Scheduler and also to working as Constituency director.
She later became the political director and senior aide for Senator Kerry in 2009. Her job as the political director for Senator John Kerry’s involved being responsible for managing his relationships with elected officials at the city. In November 2009 she became elected to the Boston City Council.
She was sworn in on January 4, 2010, where she was termed as the first woman of color to serve in the 100-year history of the Boston City Council. Pressley then formed the Committee on Healthy Women, Families and Communities in her first year as the City Councilor. Pressley then faced competitive re-election in the November 2011 elections but she finished first with 37000 votes.
She then announced in January 2018 her challenge to Michael Capuano who was the Incumbent US Representative in the 2018 Democratic primary nomination for the Massachusett’s 7th Congressional district. Her competitor Capuano received endorsements from civil rights veteran and US Representative John Lewis of Georgia.
US Representative Maxine Waters of California also endorsed him. Pressley was endorsed by The Boston Globe and the locals of the hotel workers and also the electrical worker unions. She campaigned as a Staunch progressive and proved that her voting record was almost identical to Capuano’s. It was official that she had defeated Capuano in September 2018 Democratic Primary elections.
She won by a margin of 59% to 41%. This came as a shock to her because she saw at the last poll Capuano had a significant lead 48% to 35%. She proceeded to become the first African-American woman to be elected to represent Massachusetts in Congress after the Republicans failed to raise a candidate to compete with her. She and Johana Hynes who was elected in Connecticut’s 5th congressional district are the first women of color to be elected to Congress From New England.
Ayanna Pressley Massachusetts Primary
During the Democratic primary election on September 4, 2018, she defeated Capuano in a margin of 59% to 41%. This victory came as a surprise to her since her opponent had the forefront lead during the last poll. It was alleged that 24 % of District 7 voters in the 2018 primary had not voted and they are the ones who caused her tremendous victory.
Ayanna Pressley For Congress
Since she had won the Democratic party nominations for Congress, Pressley was to run in the elections for Congress with a candidate from the Republican party. However, the Republicans failed to present a candidate thus making her the newly elected Representative for Massachusetts in Congress.
Ayanna Pressley Speech
After her victory, Pressley gave a victorious speech on November 7, 2018. She was termed as the first Afro-American woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress. The following video illustrates all that she said in her victory speech.
Ayanna Pressley Campaign
Pressley campaigned as a Staunch Progressive in which she promoted social reforms through governme3nt actions to improve the lot of the majority.
Ayanna Pressley Endorsement
Pressley was endorsed by The Boston Globe and the locals of the hotel workers and also the electrical worker unions. She was also endorsed by many local people in Massachusetts.
Ayanna Pressley District
Pressley is a member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusett’s 7th congressional district. She sits in the congressional house as the representative of the 7th congressional district in Massachusetts.
Ayanna Pressley Capuano
Michael Capuano was the Incumbent United States Representative whom she challenged in the 2018 Democratic primary nomination. Pressley defeated him with a margin of 59% to 41%
Ayanna Pressley Results
Pressley defeated Capuano with 59% votes while he had 41% of the votes.
Ayanna Pressley Boston City Council | City Council
In November 2009, Pressley became elected to the Boston City Council. She was sworn in on January 4, 2010, where she was termed as the first woman of color to serve in the 100-year history of the Boston City Council. Pressley then formed the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities in her first year as the City Councilor.
Ayanna Pressley Ice
Pressley is one of four House freshmen urging congressional negotiators not to increase spending in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as part of any congressional deal to bolster security and keep the government open.
Ayanna Pressley Equity Agenda
Pressley released her housing section termed as Equity Agenda in a series of proposals aimed at reducing the persistent inequities that exist in the 7th District.
Ayanna Pressley Democrat
Pressley is a member of the Democratic party where she won the primary elections for the nomination of being the Representative of Congress for Massachusetts.