What Mass. politicians are saying about Kim Janey becoming acting mayor, Marty Walsh departing for D.C.

“Concrete. Ceiling. Shattered.”

Acting Mayor Kim Janey.

City and state elected officials are celebrating the historic elevation of Kim Janey to the position of acting mayor of Boston. The Roxbury native and city councilor for District 7 is the first Black person and woman to hold the office of the chief executive in the city’s history.

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The Boston City Council president officially stepped into the role at 9:01 p.m. Monday night — one minute after former mayor Marty Walsh submitted his letter of resignation following his confirmation to become the nation’s secretary of labor.

As they celebrate Janey’s new position, politicians are also offering congratulations to Walsh as he departs for Washington, D.C., and bids farewell to Boston.

Below, see what officials are saying as a new mayor takes the helm in Boston. 

Gov. Charlie Baker

Attorney General Maura Healey

Councilor Annissa Essaibi George

Councilor Michael Flaherty

Councilor Julia Mejia

Councilor Michelle Wu

Councilor Lydia Edwards

Councilor Ed Flynn

Councilor Andrea Campbell 

Councilor Ricardo  Arroyo

Councilor Matt O’Malley

Councilor Kenzie Bok

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

Sen. Ed Markey

Rep. Ayanna Pressley

Rep. Bill Keating

Rep. Lori Trahan

Rep. Katherine Clark

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