Ayanna Pressley Becomes Massachusetts' First Black Woman In Congress

Ayanna Pressley. (WBZ-AM graphic)

BOSTON (AP) -- Democrat Ayanna Pressley has completed her quest to become Massachusetts' first black woman elected to Congress.

Pressley sailed through Tuesday's general election unopposed, two months after she unseated 10-term U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano in a national political stunner in the state primary.

With no Republican in the race, her September victory had all but assured the 44-year-old Pressley the office, with only the remote possibility of a write-in campaign to potentially stop her. That scenario behind her, she'll now represent the 7th congressional district — the first in Massachusetts where minorities make up a majority of the voting population.

Pressley is also the first African-American to serve on the Boston City Council.

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