Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell takes office as first Black woman to hold position

BOSTON — For the first time ever in the Bay State on Wednesday, Attorney General Andrea Joy Campbell took her oath as the first Black woman to be sworn into the position.

Campbell is also the first Black woman to win a statewide election.

“Today I stand on the shoulders of a beautiful and resilient Black people, who stood up for civil rights, for freedom, inclusion, love,” said Campbell, a former Boston City Councilor, in her speech.

The Attorney General’s mother and husband swore her in. Their two boys were also at the inauguration.

Campbell shared how her biological parents died at a young age and how her twin brother died while in state custody awaiting trial.

“I share a lot about my personal narrative, as painful as it is to say,” Campbell said. She added: “We have a lot of issues to address in the Commonwealth.”

Many dignitaries lined the front rows including the state’s new governor, Maura Healey.

“It’s a special moment to look out into the eyes of so many here today who are seeing something they maybe didn’t imagine,” said Healey.

Lois Savage raised Campbell as her daughter and was honored to be a part of history.

“I swore her in, I swore her in,” said Savage. “This is her day. She came in with an assignment and purpose, got it done. And she is ready to do the work.”

The new Attorney General has made history before. Back in 2018, she was the first Black woman to serve as the Boston City Council President.

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