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The 190th General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Representative Mary S. Keefe Democrat - 15th Worcester

Photo of  Mary S. Keefe
  Mary.Keefe@mahouse.gov

State House

24 Beacon St.
Room 473F
Boston, MA, 02133
Phone:
617-722-2210
Fax:
617-626-0286

Since 2012, State Representative Mary Keefe has represented the 15th Worcester District, comprising of the Theatre District, Piedmont, and Belmont Hill neighborhoods in the City of Worcester. Mary’s vision for a more equitable Massachusetts is evident in her progressive policy priorities encompassing criminal justice reform, affordable housing, fair labor and wage practices, arts and culture, and environmental justice. Mary’s approach to policy-making brings stakeholders most affected by the issue to the center of the conversation, while convening partners and advocates from multiple sectors. She was committed to this philosophy while crafting the underlying legislation for the omnibus criminal justice reform bill signed into law in April 2018 (Chapter 69 of the Acts of 2018).

 

Currently serving her third term in the House of Representatives, Mary is the co-chair of the Legislative Harm Reduction and Drug Law Reform Caucus, a coalition of legislators working to address the root causes and symptoms of mass incarceration through comprehensive policy reform, education, and coalition building. She is also an active member of the House Progressive Caucus and Gateway Cities Caucus. Mary sits on the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, the Joint Committee on Public Health, the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development, the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.


Prior to her election as State Representative, Mary was the Executive Director of the Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center (PSNNC) for twelve years. This grassroots, resident-led organization centers its work on issues that most concern working families, immigrants, business leaders, churches and institutions within the Piedmont area of the Worcester 15th District. Her experience modeling solutions to city-wide challenges such as lack of summer jobs for youth, youth violence and impact on families, isolation and lack of community, failing neighborhood schools, and gaps in public safety services laid the foundation much of her policy focus in the Legislature.

 

A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, and originally from the town of Sutton, Mary has lived in downtown Worcester for close to thirty years. Neighborhood life and community work have been central in her organizing work. She has been a longtime neighborhood leader and advocate for the importance of democracy and public life. Her affiliations include; founding member of Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts, Co-chair of Worcester Interfaith, board member of the Green Hill Park Coalition, and founding member of the Worcester Community Labor Coalition.

Mary has three adult children, Joe, Thom, and Nora Kate Keefe. Mary is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art, has been an art educator at the Worcester Art Museum for many years, and an active member of Blackstone Printmakers.

Personal Information

Profession:

Community Organizer

Children:

3

Career Highlights

  • Executive Director, Pleasant Street Neighborhood Network Center
  • Founding member Progressive Democrats of Massachusetts

Education & Public Service

  • Massachusetts College of Art, BFA ‘71
  • Industrial Areas Foundation, 10 day National Training
  • Telegram & Gazette Visions Award for Community Service 2006