Boston, MA., 01/06/14, Newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan address the crowd. Section: Metro Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Newly elected City Council President Bill Linehan addressed those gathered in the Council chamber.
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

Bill Linehan of South Boston has been elected president of the Boston City Council.

Linehan, considered one of the body’s most conservative members, beat Councilor At-Large Ayanna Pressley, popular among progressives, with 8 of the council’s 13 votes. Cheers erupted in the council chamber at City Hall after the vote.

Recalling growing up in the D Street housing development in South Boston, Linehan thanked his mother and said nothing worthwhile comes easy.

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“You have given me this honor, and I am forever grateful. I will not let you down,” Linehan told the council.

Linehan fended off an 11th-hour bid for the job by Pressley.