Boston, June 8, 2022 — Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley today announced her endorsement of attorney, advocate, and civil rights leader Tanisha Sullivan to be Massachusetts’ next Secretary of State. “Our democracy and our communities are stronger when more voices are at the decision-making tables, when more people feel a reason to be engaged, and when our leaders are committed to working in deep partnership with the communities they represent,” said Congresswoman Pressley. “Tanisha Sullivan shares that commitment to bold, inclusive, collaborative leadership, and I’m so proud to endorse her to be Massachusetts’ next Secretary of State.”
“In her personal and professional life, Tanisha has devoted herself to the Work of making our communities more just and more equitable. As the head of the NAACP Boston branch, she has advocated and organized on some of the most pressing challenges facing our communities — from education and environmental justice to voting rights and protections for workers — and she has a vision and a plan for how the Secretary of State’s office can be a more proactive, intentional leader to make our Commonwealth more open, accessible, and representative of all of our communities,” continued the Congresswoman.
The endorsement of Sullivan marks Congresswoman Pressley’s first endorsement of a candidate for statewide office in Massachusetts during the 2022 election cycle. Earlier today, Sullivan was announced as one of the statewide and county-level candidates in Massachusetts who have taken the Pressley Policy Pledge, demonstrating their support for a range of bold Federal policies, including strong voting rights protections.
“I am grateful for Congresswoman Pressley’s policy lens and courage in the fight to advance social, economic and racial justice for all of our communities, and I share her commitment to the work needed to expand democracy right here in Massachusetts,” said Sullivan.
Congresswoman Pressley made history in 2018 when she became the first woman of color elected to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress. During her time in office, Congresswoman Pressley has introduced landmark legislation to combat the crisis of childhood trauma, codify the right to abortion and comprehensive reproductive care, abolish the federal death penalty, fix our broken clemency system, cancel student debt, and more. She serves on the House Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Government Oversight and Reform, and she has led on issues ranging from expanding transit justice and ensuring an equitable public health response to COVID-19 to ending discriminatory credit practices and keeping families safely housed.
To learn more about Congresswoman Pressley’s leadership, please visit https://ayannapressley.com/.
About Tanisha Sullivan
Tanisha is an attorney, former Chief Equity Officer in the Boston Public Schools and President of the NAACP Boston, who has led a career dedicated to service—from working in community and across the ideological spectrum to deliver on civil rights and social, economic, and racial justice, to decades as a practicing lawyer in corporate firms and life science companies. A Brockton native, she’s running for Massachusetts Secretary of State because it’s time to realize the full potential of this office in the fight to protect voting rights, increase government transparency and accessibility, engage the electorate, and build a stronger, more vibrant democracy for all. Tanisha recently earned the MassDems endorsement (62% of delegates) at the state convention, which determined candidates for statewide office who will be on the ballot for the Sept. 6 primary.