I represent the 6th Essex District which includes Beverly, a city along the North Shore about 16 miles north of Boston. I am a veteran of the Army Reserves since 1994 and currently serving as a Judge Advocate (lawyer) with a legal detachment in Massachusetts. My duties in the Army included an active duty tour in Iraq serving as a prosecutor and legal advisor to a medical brigade, handling court martial appeals for the Army’s Legal Services Agency, and providing legal assistance to soldiers and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. All of this experience, along with my community service, has helped me understand the needs of families. Since joining the legislature five years ago I’ve worked closely with the Northeast Arc and appreciate them keeping me apprised of important issues related to intellectual and developmental disabilities.