Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) joined many others on social media this week who celebrated Kim Janey making history as Boston’s first Black female mayor.

Janey, who is set to be sworn into office as the 55th mayor of Boston on Wednesday, is also the first woman and person of color to serve in the role. She took office on Monday when Marty Walsh resigned to become President Joe Biden’s labor secretary.

Pressley, who became the first Black woman to represent Massachusetts in Congress when she was sworn in in January 2019, commemorated Janey’s achievement on Twitter on Tuesday.

“Concrete. Ceiling. Shattered,” she tweeted. “@Kim_Janey, I’m so proud to call you a friend, a partner in good, and now the Mayor of Boston.”

Concrete. Ceiling. Shattered. @Kim_Janey, I’m so proud to call you a friend, a partner in good, and now the Mayor of Boston. https://t.co/F1KnLN7CDC

— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) March 23, 2021

Pressley and Janey also both made history during their terms on the Boston City Council.

Janey became the first woman to represent the city’s District 7 when she was elected to the council in 2017. In 2009, Pressley was the first woman of color elected to the council in its history.

With Walsh’s departure, Janey ascended from her most recent role as the Boston City Council president to the city’s acting, or interim, mayor.

But Janey, a fourth-generation resident of the city’s Roxbury neighborhood, has made it clear in her Twitter bio that her “acting” title doesn’t reflect her dedication to the city of Boston: “Not acting, doing.”

“Will always give my all to the city that gave me everything!” the bio reads.

Janey has not yet publicly confirmed whether she’ll run in the mayoral election in the fall, The Associated Press reported.

The new mayor discussed her historic role, communities healing from racial injustices and the ongoing devastation of COVID-19 in a Twitter thread published March 11. She noted that her momentous achievement becoming mayor was “living proof that Boston is a city of possibilities.”

“Healing includes beginning to address the trauma of the dual devastation of COVID-19 and the reckoning of racial injustice by tapping into our collective joy,” she wrote, in part. “The joy that only a vibrant city can provide. As we reopen, we can’t settle for going back. We must go better.”

I am committed to placing workers at the center of our reopening. Working together with the business community and organized labor, I know Boston can ensure every worker receives fair treatment, fair wages and the training they need to fill the jobs of our emerging industries.

— Kim Janey (@Kim_Janey) March 11, 2021

As mayor, I intend to lead by example, with new programs to boost city contracts with minority business enterprises and new targets to hold ourselves accountable.

— Kim Janey (@Kim_Janey) March 11, 2021

Healing includes beginning to address the trauma of the dual devastation of COVID-19 and the reckoning of racial injustice by tapping into our collective joy. The joy that only a vibrant city can provide.As we reopen, we can’t settle for going back. We must go better.

— Kim Janey (@Kim_Janey) March 11, 2021

Renée Graham, a columnist for The Boston Globe’s opinion page, tweeted about the significance of Janey’s new role Tuesday, noting that Black women have made political history in Boston in recent years.

In addition to Janey and Pressley, Graham mentioned Rachael Rollins, who is the first Black woman ― and the first woman of color ― to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts. She was sworn into office in 2019.

When I moved to Boston more than 30 years ago, I could not have fathomed a day when my mayor (@Kim_Janey), my congresswoman (@AyannaPressley) and my district attorney (@DARollins) would all be Black women. pic.twitter.com/9gziSN5Ygz

— Renée Graham 🏳️‍🌈 (@reneeygraham) March 23, 2021

“When I moved to Boston more than 30 years ago, I could not have fathomed a day when my mayor (@Kim_Janey), my congresswoman (@AyannaPressley) and my district attorney (@DARollins) would all be Black women,” Graham tweeted.

Elected officials and politicians took to Twitter to congratulate Janey ahead of her swearing-in ceremony:

Congratulations and welcome to Boston’s new acting mayor, @Kim_Janey! Boston is in excellent hands during this important moment for the city, and I hope your history-making term in office inspires children across the city and the Commonwealth to dream big. Let’s get to work!

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 23, 2021

Overjoyed for my sister-in-service, @Kim_Janey, who is making history tonight as Boston's first-ever Black and woman mayor.You are the the culmination of our ancestors' hopes, dreams, struggles and achievements. https://t.co/Byf7QAVKVh

— Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley (@RepPressley) March 23, 2021

Congratulations to Boston’s new Acting Mayor @Kim_Janey! For the first time in history, young girls across our city finally have a Mayor who looks like them. You will be a shining example to each and every one of them and I am so excited to work with you! pic.twitter.com/Gx2pmw9fF4

— Maura Healey (@maura_healey) March 23, 2021

Congratulations to my friend @marty_walsh on his confirmation as Labor Secretary and best wishes to Mayor @Kim_Janey on her historic appointment as Mayor of Boston! https://t.co/KePqE4lfcF

— Jorge Elorza (@Jorge_Elorza) March 23, 2021

Congratulations on making history, @Kim_Janey. I know you are going to continue serving our city and supporting an equitable recovery from #COVID19. I am always here for you, my friend. pic.twitter.com/rR3lrOoMBy

— Mayor Marty Walsh (@marty_walsh) March 22, 2021 RELATED… Kim Janey Becomes First Woman And Person Of Color To Be Boston Mayor Congresswomen Renew Push To Repeal 'Racist' Anti-Abortion Helms Amendment Rep. Ayanna Pressley Describes Image That Still Haunts Her From Capitol Siege Download Calling all HuffPost superfans! Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost’s next chapter Join HuffPost

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