Who is Ayanna Pressley?
Ayanna Pressley is an American politician and a member of the Democratic Party. Since 2019, Ayanna has served as the United States Representative for Massachusetts’ 7th congressional district. Her district includes all of Boston’s northern three-quarters, the majority of Cambridge, and parts of Milton, as well as the entire cities of Chelsea, Everett, Randolph, and Somerville.
She was previously elected to the Boston City Council as an at-large member in 2010. Pressley was the first black woman elected to the Boston City Council and the first black woman elected to the Massachusetts State Senate.
Ayanna Pressley Age
Pressley is 48 years old as of 2022. She was born on February 3, 1974, in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Ayanna Pressley Family
Pressley is the daughter of Sandra Pressley and Martin Terrell. Her mother, worked multiple jobs to support the family while also advocating for tenants’ rights as a community organizer for the Chicago Urban League. Throughout Pressley’s childhood, her father struggled with addiction and was incarcerated, but he eventually earned multiple degrees and taught at the college level.
Ayanna Pressley Alopecia
Pressley revealed in January 2020 that she had been diagnosed with alopecia areata, which had resulted in the loss of all of her hair; she stated in a public statement, “I want to be freed from the secret and the shame that that secret carries with it.”
Ayanna Pressley Election
Pressley announced her challenge to incumbent the United States Representative Michael Capuano in the 2018 Democratic primary nomination for Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district. Pressley was endorsed by The Boston Globe and local chapter of the hotel and electrical worker union, Grassroots movements including Democracy for America, Brand New Congress, and the Justice Democrats supported Pressley.
In the September 4, 2018, Democratic primary election, Pressley defeated Capuano by a margin of 59% to 41%. The primary victory was a surprise, as the last poll before the election showed Capuano with a significant lead, 48% to 35%.
Ayanna Pressley Salary
Pressley earns a salary of $174, 000 annually as a member of Congress.
Ayanna Pressley Campaign Manager
Pressley’s Campaign Manager in 2018 was Sarah Groh. At the helm of Pressley’s historic campaign, Sarah led a coalition of staff, activists, and volunteers to a historic 17 point victory. Pressley is a long-time activist and elected leader.
Ayanna Pressley Education
Pressley attended Francis W. Parker School, a private school while living in Chicago. In her school, she was a cheerleader, did modeling and voice-over work, appeared in Planned Parenthood bus advertisements, and was a competitive debater.
Pressley attended Boston University’s College of General Studies from 1992 to 1994, but she dropped out to take a full-time job at the Boston Marriott Copley Place to support her mother, who had lost her job. She continued her education at Boston University Metropolitan College, abbreviated as MET.
Ayanna Pressley Net Worth
Pressley has an estimated net worth of $1 million as a politician.
Ayanna Pressley Husband
Pressley is married to her husband Conan Harris. Her husband is the founder and owner of his own consulting firm CJ Strategies. Pressley is a mom to Conan’s daughter from his past relationship.
In 2016, Conan became the deputy head of public safety initiatives for Boston’s Mayor Martin Walsh, who hired Conan to work on “coordinating a citywide approach to tackling complex issues causing and perpetuating crime.”
He was also hired as the director for the Boston chapter of the Obama-backed initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, an organization that provides support systems for young men of color.