|Born ( Age )
||May 16, 1965 (age 55)
||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
||Smith College (BA)
|Husband ( Spous)
||Clifford B. Janey
||Politician ( Mayor of Boston )
Kim M. Janey is an American politician who is currently serving because the Acting Mayor of Boston. She is that the first woman and first Black to function mayor of the town .She has been a member of the Boston council since January 2018, representing District 7 (includes Roxbury, with parts of the South End, Dorchester, and Fenway), and was selected as president of the Council in January 2020.She may be a member of the Democratic Party .Janey became Boston's acting mayor upon Marty Walsh's departure from the post when he was confirmed because the us Secretary of Labor.
Early life and education -- Kim M. Janey was born on May 16, 1965, in Roxbury, Boston, to Clifford B. Janey and Phyllis Janey, who divorced when she was young. Her father was born in Roxbury and graduated from Northeastern University. He taught and worked as a faculty administrator in Boston. He served as superintendent of the Rochester, New York, establishment , and later was superintendent for the District of Columbia Public Schools.
The birthplaces of her ancestors include North Carolina on her mother's side, Guyana, Virginia, Nova Scotia, and Massachusetts on her father's. The Nova Scotia line likely reflects enslaved people that escaped to Canada within the half of the 19th century. One grandfather was born in Chelsea in 1915 and a great-grandfather in Medford in 1890. She "has had family within the city of Boston for 6 generations".
When she was 11, Kim Janey attended school in Charlestown, Boston. She, along side other students, was bused from Roxbury to Charlestown, as a part of Boston's controversial court-mandated school desegregation plan. She later attended highschool in Reading, Massachusetts, under a voluntary program that allowed center students to commute to nearby suburbs for top school. She gave birth to a daughter at the age of 16. After graduating from highschool , she worked to boost her daughter and attended junior college . She entered Smith College but interrupted her studies to worry for her grandfather after the death of her grandmother.
In 1994, Janey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College, where she participated within the Ada Comstock Scholars Program designed for school kids who are older than the normal age for college students.Janey lives within the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston. She features a daughter who was born circa 1981 and three grandchildren.
Political Career -- Janey was first elected to the council in November 2017, because the representative of District 7, which incorporates Roxbury, and parts of Dorchester, the Fenway and therefore the South End. within the September Democratic primary she led the sector of thirteen candidates with 25% of the votes, then she faced the opposite leading candidate, Rufus Faulk, within the election . She won the election with 55.5 percent of the 8,901 votes cast. When she was sworn in in January 2018, she became the primary woman to represent District 7 on the council. In her first term, she led efforts to pass a city ordinance that changed the way marijuana dispensaries were awarded licenses by the town , establishing an independent board to review applications. Previously, licenses were awarded by the Mayor's office.
Janey was re-elected in November 2019 with over 70% of the votes cast in her district.As a member of the Council, she has focused on education and social justice. She supports changing the tactic of selecting Boston School Committee members. Currently they're appointed by the mayor; Janey supports a return to elections for college committee.
March 22, 2021, Walsh was confirmed by the us Senate; he resigned as mayor later that day. Janey, as president of the town Council, became the acting mayor of Boston, as prescribed by Boston's city charter. Janey is that the first woman and therefore the person of color to function mayor of Boston.A formal swearing in ceremony was persisted March 24.Her biography on the city's website identifies her as Boston's 55th mayor.
Sworn as Mayor -- Janey is eligible to serve the rest of Walsh's term, through January 2022, with the city's next mayor to be selected in November via the 2021 Boston mayoral election. Janey has not yet indicated if she is going to seek election to a term .