Dorchester’s own Ayanna Pressley has officially become the first black woman elected to represent Massachusetts in Congress!
On Thursday, she was sworn into office to represent the Massachusetts 7th congressional district.
From Pressley’s instagram post:
And just like that, with my hand on my granddad’s bible, it’s official. Residents of the Massachusetts 7th, I am so honored and humbled to assume the title of your Congresswoman. Let’s get to work. #116thcongress #changecantwait
Since Pressley is now in congress, this means that her old city council at-large seat will be filled by Althea Garrison. Garrison ran for one of the city council’s four at-large seats in 2017 and landed in fifth place – which means if a seated city councilor leaves, the candidate who comes in fifth takes over that spot. Since Pressley is now in congress, Garrison takes her spot. This week there was an bizarre situation at City Hall involving Garrison and her new office.
In September, Garrison will be up for re-election – along with the three other at-large seats (Michael Flaherty, Michelle Wu andAnnissa Essaibi George) which means it’s going to be a big field come the fall!
Photo via Pressley’s instagram
On a side note: we’re loving the dress Ayanna wore to her swearing in!