MA officially elects its first black woman to Congress

Congresswoman elect Ayanna Pressley greets volunteers at the Cambridge Democratic Headquarters

Ayanna Pressley has made history as Massachusetts's first black congresswoman. 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. At a debate, she said that she is "black and a woman and unapologetically proud to be both, but that is not the totality of my identity", according to the Associated Press. "We're doing something disruptive, challenging conventional wisdom, narratives and norms about who has a right to run, when you can run, and whether or not you can win".

Pressley's September win had assured her victory Tuesday night, with only the unlikely possibility of a write-in candidate to defeat her.

Neal, the dean of the Massachusetts House delegation, was first elected in 1988 and will be serving his 16th term representing the 1st Congressional District, which covers a large swath of the central and western part of the state.

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The House is getting its first two Muslim women and MA is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections. He was first elected in 2012.

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

In the run-up to the midterms, Pressley held off on saying where she stands on Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats' embattled House leader.

Providing some much needed political perspective in the era of Donald Trump, Pressley told the New York Times that she was cautiously optimistic for the future. It includes the neighborhood of Roxbury, the traditional center of Boston's black community. She was especially nonplussed by how the Democratic Party hadn't been rallying around her.

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