My district, the 25th Middlesex, includes parts of the Cambridge neighborhoods of West, North, Riverside, Cambridgeport and mid-Cambridge. In addition, I serve as the Chairperson, for the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery. My political career both as a member of the Cambridge City Council and as a state representative is best described as one of advocacy. That advocacy has been for Cambridge residents as well as individuals across the state to ensure that every needy and eligible person has access to affordable housing, quality education and comprehensive health care. I have worked closely with many advocacy groups especially with their efforts for those with intellectual and development disabilities. I love my job and am an effective catalyst to reaching those goals where all people are given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
I represent the Eleventh Middlesex District; which consists of approximately half of the City of Newton, including Wards 2, 3, 4 and some precincts in Wards 1 and 7. As House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, we review legislation concerning child welfare, juvenile justice, public welfare, and children and adults with physical, developmental or intellectual disabilities. It is the Committee’s responsibility to oversee the Departments of Children and Families, Developmental Services, Transitional Assistance and Youth Services; the Massachusetts Commissions for the Blind, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.
I represent the Second Worcester Senate District, which includes my hometown of Millbury, as well as the towns of Auburn, Grafton, Leicester, Shrewsbury, Upton, sections of Northbridge, and parts of the City of Worcester. I currently serve as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security and the Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital and State Assets. In addition, I’m a member of several other legislative committees; including the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which reviews all legislation involving state financing.