On Six Massachusetts Elected Officials

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With Senate Majority Leader Harriette Chandler at the 7th Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Day at the State House.

Before becoming Senate Majority Leader in 2015, she has served on the Worcester School Committee from 1992 until 1994, the Massachusetts 13th Worcester House District from 1995 until 2000, and was elected to the First Worcester Senate District in 2001.

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With Senator Eric Lesser at JALSA’s 13th Annual Meeting at Temple Israel, Boston.

Before becoming a State Senator in 2015, he went worked for Congressman Richard Neal and Senator Ted Kennedy. While in college, he worked on Deval Patrick’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign while being President of the Harvard College Democrats. After college, he helped President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, eventually being tapped as the Ground Logistics Coordinator, traveling with the candidate to 47 states, six countries, and over 200,000 miles. After the campaign, Obama’s Senior Adviser, David Axelrod, tapped him to work at a Special Assistant at the White House (being the fourth person I have known to work there, after Raffi-Freedman Gurspan, Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, and Mike Lake), where he also worked at the Council of Economic Advisers. He is also one of the originators of the annual White House Seder, attending by the presidential family.

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With the 85th House Speaker of Massachusetts, Robert DeLeo, at Emmet’s Pub.

Before being elected by his colleagues as the 85th Speaker of the House of Representatives in Massachusetts, and Representative of the 19th Suffolk District since 1995, Robert DeLeo had served on the Winthrop Board of Selectman from 1978 until 1988, as it’s Chairman in 1981-1982, 1984-1985, and 1987-1988, and as a Winthrop Town Meeting Member from 1977 until 2005. He has also served on the Winthrop Democratic Town Committee since 1980, and as it’s Vice Chairman since 1986. Like Speaker Paul Ryan, he rose to the position of Speaker in 2009 as a backbencher serving as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

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With State Representative Marjorie Decker at the DOMA Decision Day Celebration in front of Cambridge City Hall.

Before being elected State Representative of the 25th Middlesex District, she was born and raised in Cambridge, where she grew up in Cambridgeport in public housing. Elected in 1999 to the Cambridge City Council, where she served for 13 years. In 2002, she ran for State Representative against incumbent Paul Demakis, of the 5th Suffolk House seat., and in 2010, she ran for State Senate for the seat vacated by Anthony Gallucio, losing the first and dropping out in the second.

The event where I got the picture with her is notable as it was on the day the decision of the Supreme Court (June 27th, 2013) struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, as according to Boston Magazine:

“This is about fairness, and dignity, and about the core aspects of our basic humanity,” she said, drawing applause from the crowd, which was dotted with rainbow flags, umbrellas flecked with rain drops, and large signs reading “Yay!,” as revelers stood shoulder-to-shoulder on the lawn along Massachusetts Avenue.

Hours after the court’s decision was handed down in a 5-4 vote in Washington, D.C., allowing same-sex marriages to be recognized on a federal level, supporters gathered in Cambridge to share the historic occasion together.

During her speech, Suffredini joked that she didn’t know when the event was going to happen, or if the outcome would be a positive one. “We weren’t sure if we were going to have a celebration, or a vigil,” she said. “But today was a long time coming. Many years ago, people did not think this day was possible, but here we are.”

The celebration was hosted by Cambridge’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Commission and members of MassEquality, and featured speakers from several different advocacy groups, as well as former and current elected officials from the city.

Halfway through the rally, a heavy rain came down on the crowd, but it wasn’t enough to deter the celebration, as dozens of couples embraced one another, taking cover together under their umbrellas while continuing to cheer for the speakers.

I had previously stood with LGBT activists on March 23rd, 2013 in front of Boston City Hall in favor of it’s repeal.

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With State Representative Denise Provost at the 2013 Somerville Democratic City Committee Summer BBQ

Before being elected State Representative of the 25th Middlesex District in 2006, she was Assistant City Solicitor during the Brune administration of Somerville from 1984 until 1989, and as Assistant City Solicitor for Newton from 1982 until 1984 during the Mann Administration. In 1999, she was elected to the Somerville Board of Alderman At-Large, serving from 2000 until 2006, while also serving as the bodies’ Vice-President in 2003, and President in 2004. In 2004, she became Secretary/Treasurer for the Municipal Councilors Association, and the Vice-President in 2005.

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With Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone at the Rally and Signature Gathering for Carl Sciortino for Congress.

Before being elected Mayor of Somerville in 2003, he ran and successfully Alderman At-Large in 1995, staying on the Board until he ran for Mayor in 2003, defeating two-term incumbent Mayor Dorothy Kelly Gay and businessman Tony Lafuente.

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