Mar 23, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Kim Janey makes history as 1st woman and person of color to be Boston mayor

Kim Janey, President, Boston City Council, speaks at the podium during the topping off event in Boston on Feb. 23

Then-Boston City Council President Kim Janey in Boston, Massachusetts, in February. Photo: David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The City of Boston named Kim Janey (D) as its acting mayor on Monday.

Why it matters: She's the first woman and first person of color ever to take the office in Boston and is due to be sworn in at a ceremony on Wednesday.

What they're saying: Janey wrote in a Boston Globe op-ed, "As I assume the responsibilities of mayor, I promise bold, courageous leadership and a citywide agenda of recovery, reopening, and renewal."

For the record: Janey was appointed after the Senate voted earlier Monday to confirm the city's former Mayor Marty Walsh to lead the Department of Labor.

  • The two leaders congratulated each other on Twitter:
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