The 23rd Middlesex District which I represent includes many precincts in Arlington and three in Medford. Since joining the legislature in 2008 I have been a strong advocate for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Critical to the passage of any legislation is the ability to work effective with my colleagues in the House of Representative. This year I was honored to receive the Legislator of the Year Award from The Arc of Massachusetts and the Mass Developmental Disability Council in recognition of legislation and advocacy that was achieved this past year. I look forward to working with The Arc and the others groups and agencies that are on the front lines advocacy to identify the needs of our more fragile individuals.