First black woman sworn in as Massachusetts Attorney General

BOSTON (AP) — Democrat Andrea Campbell was sworn in on Wednesday as the first black woman to serve as Massachusetts attorney general.

Campbell, 40, was sworn in at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center surrounded by family and supporters.

As she did during her campaign, Campbell was not shy about telling her life story, including her father being sent to prison for eight years and her twin brother Andre Campbell dying in police custody. A second brother is in custody and faces rape charges.

“Some want us to feel shame in our stories or even try to weaponize them against us,” she said. She then quoted a passage from the Bible saying “no weapon formed against me shall prosper”.

Campbell, who was also the first black woman to serve as Boston City Council president, went over a handful of her priorities.

Campbell said she will work to create economic prosperity and stability for families, prioritize the mental health and well-being of young people, and make the office more accessible to everyone in the state.

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