12/19/2018 03:28 pm ET
Massachusetts Rep.-elect Ayanna Pressley (D), who made history in November as the state’s first black woman elected to Congress, will soon work from the former office of another political trailblazer: Shirley Chisholm.
Chisholm was elected in 1968 to represent a district in New York and held the seat until 1983. She also was the first black candidate to run for a major party’s nomination for president, running as a Democrat in 1972. She died in 2005.
Chisholm has long been an inspiration to Pressley, who tweeted out a photo posing under her idol’s portrait in November.
“Shirley Chisholm has been a shero of mine since I was a girl,” Pressley told HuffPost on Wednesday in a statement. “Her commitment to fighting injustice and lifting up the voices of the disenfranchised is an inspiration and an example I hope to follow.”
“I am humbled to occupy the same space she did on Capitol Hill, and I am deeply thankful to my colleague, Congresswoman-elect Katie Hill of California, for so graciously offering to switch offices,” she added.
Wow! TY Mommy for the extra bday luck! We just learned my Congressional Office designation will be #ShirleyChisholm ‘s former office. How’s that for divine intervention, AND the selflessness of my colleague @KatieHill4CA who drew a better lottery# but still wanted me to have it.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) December 17, 2018
Fellow incoming congresswoman Katie Hill enabled Pressley to get the historic office space. Hill, a Democrat from California, had originally drawn a better lottery number than Pressley and selected Chisholm’s office. But she offered to switch given the office’s historical and personal significance to Pressley.