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Ayanna Pressley

US House Massachusetts — 7th District Democrat
First motivated to run for office by the belief that the people closest to pain should be closest to power—and that a diversity of voices in the political process is essential to crafting more effective public policy—Representative Ayanna Pressley began an impressive career in public service as an at-large member of the Boston City Council before being elected to serve the people of Massachusetts’s 7th Congressional District in 2018. In both roles, Representative Pressley made history as the first woman of color to serve her constituents, and she has always been acutely aware of the role that government can play in lifting up families and communities. Representative Pressley’s career is a testament to her life story as the only child of a single mother and a father who was in and out of the criminal legal system, and she has always worked in partnership with residents, advocates, and other elected officials to combat the inequities and disparities facing her community.

In Congress, Representative Pressley has been dedicated to advancing bold legislation to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing Massachusetts families—including addressing America’s epidemic of gun violence. Knowing that places like Massachusetts have lower rates of violence due to their strong state gun safety laws, Representative Pressley helped introduce legislation like the Making America Safe and Secure Act to incentivize states to implement gun licensing standards similar to those in her state. She also helped convene the first ever congressional hearings on childhood trauma with the late Representative Elijah Cummings, and specifically highlighted the significant impact gun violence can have on the mental health of America’s youth. Representative Pressley knows that the intersection of racism and violence is a crisis in our society, and that we must do more to address it. In 2021, she proudly worked with Giffords to introduce the Ending Qualified Immunity Act to restore Americans’ ability to obtain relief when state and local officials, including police officers, violate their legal and constitutionally secured rights. 

With our House majority on the line this fall, it is incumbent on voters to send gun safety champions like Representative Pressley back to Washington to continue the crucial work needed to keep American families safe. As a 2015 recipient of EMILY’s List’s Gabrielle Giffords Rising Star Award, we know that Representative Ayanna Pressley has the tenacity needed to make real change. We’re confident that with her in office, Massachusetts families can one day live safer lives, free from the scourge of gun violence.

We are proud to endorse Ayanna Pressley for the US House of Representatives.


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