Ayanna Pressley is a tireless advocate for healthy communities, equity and environmental justice in Massachusetts, where she served for eight years on the Boston City Council.
During her time on the Council, Pressley advocated for the creation of the Committee on Healthy Women, Families, and Communities. She fought to enact policies that combated poverty, supported families, and sought to address structural inequalities faced by women. Previously, she served as a Senior Aide for both Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II and Senator John Kerry. In 2016, Pressley appeared on a list of “14 Young Democrats to Watch,” by The New York Times.
As a representative, Pressley will be a champion for low-income communities and those who are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution. She will advocate for the Clean Power Plan to be reinstated and fight to empower the EPA. She will also work towards building a clean energy economy in our country and defend access to public green spaces. She is the first black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress.
Pressley joins the U.S. House after defeating Representative Mike Capuano in the primary election. Capuano earned a lifetime score of 96% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard.
In her own words:
“Low-income communities and communities of color bear a disproportionate burden of the hazards created by air and water pollution, lack of access to open space, and extreme weather. The 7th District needs leadership in Washington that will not only resist efforts to undermine existing environmental protections, but who will work proactively to address environmental challenges, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and expand access to clean air, clean water, and green space. ”
Source: Ayanna Pressley for Congress.