Ayanna Pressley Biography

Ayanna Pressley

Quick Facts Of Ayanna Pressley

Celebrated Name Ayanna Pressley
Age 45 Years
Nick Name Pressley
Birth Name Ayanna Soyini Pressley
Birth Date 1974-02-03
Gender Female
Profession Politician

Ayanna Soyini Pressley popularly known as Ayanna Pressley is an American politician. She is currently serving as the US Representative for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district since 2019. Her district includes the northern three-fourths of Boston, most of Cambridge, parts of Milton, as well as all of Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, and Somerville. She was previously elected as an at-large member of the Boston City Council in 2010. 

What is Ayanna Pressley Famous For?

  • US Rep for Massachusets's 7th congressional district.

Ayanna Pressley Career

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Where was Ayanna Pressley Born?

Ayanna Pressley was born on 3 February 1974. Her birth name is Ayanna Soyini Pressley. Her birth place is in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States. She holds American nationality. She was born to a father, Martin Terrell, and a mother, Sandra Pressley. Her parents' marriage eventually ended in divorce. She grew up on the north side of Chicago. 

She attended the Francis W. Parker School. She was a cheerleader at high school and did modeling and voice-over work appearing in Planned Parenthood bus advertisements. She was also a competitive debater at high school. She was voted the "most likely to be mayor of Chicago" during her senior year of high school. She was the commencement speaker for her class. 

She later attended the College of General Studies at Boston University. However, she did not complete her graduation. She left college to take a full-time job at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to support her mother. Later, she attended Boston University Metropolitan College. 

Ayanna Pressley US Rep

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Political Career

She had interned for the United States Representative Joseph P. Kennedy II while in college. 

She later worked as a district representative for Kennedy II after leaving Boston University.

She then became Kennedy's scheduler, eventually becoming constituency director for Kennedy. 

She then became the political director and senior aide for Senator Kerry. 

She served as US Senator John Kerry's (D-Mass.) political director during 2009.

Boston City Council

She was first elected to the Boston City Council in November 2009, making her the first black woman elected to the council. She was the only woman among 15 candidates. 

She formed the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities in her first year as a City Councilor. 

The committee addresses issues such as domestic violence, child abuse, and human trafficking. 

She finished first in the council election in 2011, 2013, and 2015. She placed second in November 2017. 

Ayanna Pressley Politician

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US House of Representatives

Pressley announced her candidacy for Massachusetts's 7th congressional district. 

She defeated incumbent United States Representatives Michael Capuano in the Democratic primary election in September 2018. 

She later won the general election unopposed. 

She became the first African American woman elected to represent Massachusetts in Congress. 

She is a member of the informal group known as "The Squad". The other members of "The Squad" are Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez". The squad form a unified front to push for progressive changes such as the Green New Deal and Medicare-for-all. 

She stated in an interview with The Boston Globe in July 2019 that her office received death threats after President Trump's tweets of July 14, 2019. 

She filed a resolution in September 2019 that calls for the House Judiciary Committee to launch impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

Ayanna Pressley Awards

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Honors and awards

2012: Aspen-Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership, Class of 2012

2012: Truman National Security Project Partner

2014: Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, 10 Outstanding Young Leaders

2014: Victim Rights Law Center, Leadership Award

2015: Boston magazine, 50 Most Powerful People

2015: EMILY's List, Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award

2016: The New York Times, 14 Young Democrats to Watch

2018: Boston magazine, 100 Most Influential People in Boston, #20

Ayanna Pressley Husband

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Who is Ayanna Pressley married to?

Ayanna Pressley is a married woman. She is married to Conan Harris. She has a stepdaughter from her husband's previous relationship. The family lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts. 

Her husband, Harris resigned as a senior public safety adviser at Boston City in January 2019 to form his own consulting firm, Conan Harris & Associates. 

She was reportedly sexually assaulted while a student at Boston University. 

Did You Know?

  • She is a member of the Democratic Party.
  • She was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council.
  • She is the first black woman elected to Congress from Massachusetts.
  • She called out President Donald Trump racist, misogynistic, and truly empathy-bankrupt man during her victory speech following the September primary election.
  • She is a member of the informal group, "The Squad" along with Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
  • She gave the commencement address to the graduates of the University of Massachusetts Boston in May 2019.
  • She supports the "take a knee" protests.
  • She supports Medicare-for-All.
  • She was one of four Democratic representatives to vote against the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act.
  • She is a survivor of sexual violence.
  • Pressley's amendment to lower the voting age from 18 years old to 16 was defeated.
  • She was one of four House Democrats to introduce the Be HEARD Act in April 2019.
  • Pressley and Senator Cory Booker introduced the Healthy MOMMIES Act in May 2019.
  • She has never learned how to drive.

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