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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Senator Harriette L. Chandler Democrat - First Worcester

Photo of  Harriette L. Chandler
Senate Steering and Policy Chair
  Harriette.Chandler@masenate.gov

State House

24 Beacon St.
Room 333
Boston, MA, 02133
Phone:
617-722-1544
Fax:
617-722-1357

Personal Information

Profession:

Legislator.

Spouse:

Burton Chandler

Children:

3

Career Highlights

  • Currently the Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting, and Co-Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Citizen Engagement
  • First woman from Worcester ever to be elected to the Massachusetts State Senate
  • She was the second woman in Massachusetts history to serve as Assistant Majority Leader and is also the second woman in Massachusetts history to serve as Majority Leader
  • Currently the Co-Chair of the Prevention for Health Caucus and Co-Chair of the Legislature’s Oral Health Caucus

Education & Public Service

  • Wellesley College, B.A. '59
  • Clark University, Ph.D. '73
  • Simmons Graduate School of Management, M.B.A. '83
  • Worcester State College, Honorary Doctorate of Public Administration '88
  • Clark University, Honorary Doctorate of Laws '16
  • Served three terms in the House of Representatives from 1995-2001; Served on the Worcester School Committee from 1991-1994
  • First elected to the Massachusetts Senate in January 2001 and was re-elected in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016
  • Formerly served as the Senate Assistant Majority Leader, Majority Whip, Assistant Majority Whip, Vice-Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Housing, Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy, Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Housing, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health, Assistant Vice-Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight, Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
  • Served as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care in her last two terms in the House
  • Former Member of the Senate Committee on Ethics, Senate Committee on Rules, Joint Committee on Rules, Joint Committee on Housing, and Special Senate Committee on Marijuana
  • Previously served as the Co-Chair of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Legislative Caucus, Co-Chair of the Brain Injury Caucus, Co-Chair of the Central Massachusetts Caucus, Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators, and the Legislature’s Tobacco Control Caucus