Currently, I represent the Second Essex and Middlesex District; which includes the city of Lawrence and the towns of Andover, Dracut and Tewksbury. In addition, I serve as chair of the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government; chair of the Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure; and a member of the following committees: Elder Affairs; Intergovernmental Affairs; Higher Education; Health Care Financing; Education; Redistricting; Community Development and Small Business. Prior to my time in Senate, I served in the House as Vice Chair of the Ways and Means Committee.
Throughout my legislative career, I have championed issues related to autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities. I understand the challenges that families face when one of their members has a disability. Within my own family, I have witnessed the challenges that my son, Rudy has faced and know that with the necessary supports, encouragement and programs, growth is possible. Because of strong legislative leadership and dedicated advocates Autism Omnibus Legislation and ARICA (Autism insurance coverage) were passed recently so that many families have hope that their loved ones maximize their full potential.
I welcome the opportunity to serve the individuals and families of my district; which is located in the Merrimack Valley and invite their support as together we work to strengthen the services and programs for those most in need.