I represent the Second Essex District communities of Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, Salem, and Topsfield in the Massachusetts Senate. Since taking office in January 2013, I have committed to advocating for persons with disabilities and I am eager to begin my work as the newly assigned Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Throughout my Senate career, I have highlighted the importance of the Turning 22 Program, designed to assist individuals and families with the transition from special education to adult services. The program provides a critical service and helps individuals live independently and with dignity. It has been a pleasure to collaborate with the North Shore Arc and I look forward to continuing this partnership to improve the lives of those in need.