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The 193rd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Margaret R. Scarsdale Democrat - 1st Middlesex

Margaret Scarsdale began her tenure as State Representative for the 1st Middlesex District in January 2023. Prior to her role in the state legislature, Margaret served as Chair of the Pepperell Select Board, in addition to her other community work (see below).

Fueled by a passion for community and economic development, Margaret has worked hard to advance policies and programs that support the small towns in the First Middlesex District, with a focus on building and sustaining vibrant communities.

As a high school dropout, and the product of a home that struggled with mental health and economic issues, Margaret is committed to dismantling socioeconomic barriers to success and ensuring that everyone has an equitable opportunity to pursue their dreams and goals.  

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Public servant






A wonderfully happy rescue dog, who brings a lot of joy to our family!

  • Hiking, kayaking, writing, jigsaw puzzles, and playing the piano,

Career Highlights

  • Owner of a writing and editing consulting business (1988-Present)
  • Middle School Teacher, English Language Arts (2009-2015)
  • Program Manager, Ayer’s Downtown Revitalization Program (2007-2009)

Education & Public Service

  • Bachelor of Arts, American Studies with a triple minor in Peace & Conflict Studies, Sociology, and English. Chancellor’s Medal of Honor, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, 2004-2007
  • Ph.D. Student, Northeastern University, 2007-2008
  • State Legislator, 2022 - Present
  • Pepperell Select Board, 2019-2022 / Chair 2021-2022
  • Pepperell’s Light, Air, and Noise Bylaw Committee, 2018-2019 / Chair
  • Pepperell’s Toxic Dirt Coalition / Co-Leader 2018-2020
  • Community Leader, Kinder Morgan Pipeline Fight, 2014-2017