Linda Dorcena Forry 186th (2009 - 2010) Senator

D Dorchester
Linda Dorcena Forry


State House
Room 410
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1150
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.37 SD607 For legislation relative to Workers’ Pathways to Self Sufficiency
S.38 SD1635 For legislation to promote asset development in transitional assistance programs
S.141 SD1573 (by vote of the town) for legislation to authorize the town of Milton to issue an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises of a certain restaurant
S.233 SD149 For legislation relative to bullying
H.239 HD1054 Relative to consumer gift cards
S.307 SD353 For legislation to supervize the personal care attendant program
H.325 HD2213 For legislation to establish a registration fee for public charities
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
S.404 SD1846 For legislation relative to the reduction of particulate emissions from diesel engines
S.432 SD1035 For legislation to protect children from toxic toys
S.471 SD543 For legislation to preserve homeownership
H.603 HD4313 For the development and implemention of a statewide silver alert system to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens
H.605 HD4249 That the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Health develop health risk assessment guidelines of proposed school construction sites
H.619 HD4292 Relative to the taxation of real property of charitable organizations
S.637 SD529 For legislation to encourage homeownership in foreclosed properties.
S.666 SD1309 For legislation to preserve publicly assisted affordable housing
S.673 SD1619 For legislation to establish employment leave and safety remedies to victims of domestic violence
S.748 SD56 For legislation relative to the civil commitment for alcoholism or substance abuse at certain facilities
H.757 HD3093 For legislation to promote safe alternatives to toxic chemicals
H.776 HD1138 For legislation to establish a food policy council to enhance the agricultural economy and improve nutritional health in the Commonwealth
H.846 HD2958 For legislation to authorize the Department of Conservation and Recreation to enter into a lease agreement for certain parcels of land in the town of Milton
S.896 SD1681 For legislation relative to women’s health and cancer recovery
H.947 HD1527 Relative to the required amount of liquor liability insurance prior to the issuance of a license to sell alcoholic beverages
H.951 HD2692 Relative to requiring certain insurance policies to include coverage for nicotine based and non-nicotine based smoking cessation products
H.1087 HD1077 For legislation to establish a program of managed care to provide primary and preventive health care services for uninsured dependent and adopted youths from birth through age eighteen
H.1175 HD3189 Relative to the eligibility of students for in-state tuition rates and fees at public higher educational institutions
H.1232 HD1191 For legislation to protect tenants in foreclosed properties from evictions
H.1311 HD911 Relative to penalties for breaking and entering a firearm retail wholesaler or manufacturer
H.1328 HD3779 For legislation to prohibit human trafficking, so-called
S.1329 SD1870 For legislation relative to a local option meals tax
H.1368 HD555 Relative to concealing controlled substances in an automobile
H.1369 HD2780 Relative to increasing criminal sanctions for drug distribution near youth centers
H.1510 HD3480 For legislation to establish a moratorium on foreclosures of certain property and providing for judicial review of all such mortgage foreclosures in the Commonwealth
S.1604 SD1351 For legislation relatiev to the rate of compensation paid to court appointed attorneys
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1708 HD1213 Relative to equal access to civil marriage
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1729 HD3209 For legislation to require judicial review of foreclosures on residential mortgages
H.1745 HD3877 For legislation to further regulate the performance of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
H.1747 HD3900 Relative to housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking
H.1785 HD3352 Relative to the determination of alimony payments
H.1815 HD1726 For legislation to require employers to grant paid sick leave days for employees in the Commonwealth
H.1838 HD1955 For legislation to require the Division of Industrial Accidents to publish a listing of all companies required to be covered by workers' compensation insurance
H.1839 HD1960 To further regulate workers' compensation
H.1859 HD2333 That employers be required to grant time to employees to vote in federal, state or municipal elections
H.1938 HD2555 Relative to the civil commitment of women for alcoholism and substance abuse at the Framingham Correctional Institution
H.2031 HD926 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to patient care
H.2032 HD2167 For legislation to increase the membership of the Public Health Council to include the appointment of a registered nurse
S.2044 SD2093 For legislation to provide an accidental disability retirement and medical benefits payment to Antonio Pickens
H.2074 HD3463 Relative to public access of private restrooms
H.2181 HD585 For legislation to establish a physician reporting system for drug overdoses
H.2276 HD2612 Relative to the destruction of drugs held by police departments
H.2717 HD3007 Relative to establishing an organ donation registration fund
H.2773 HD3951 Relative to the excise tax imposed on certain tobacco products
H.2931 HD2147 Relative to making certain changes in the income tax laws
H.2974 HD917 Relative to designating September as hydrocephalus awareness month
H.3001 HD415 For legislation to promote municipal efficiency and innovation through regional collaboration
H.3362 HD1203 Relative to transportation services to historic areas
H.3417 HD902 For legislation to increase the personal needs allowance for certain elderly and disabled residents residing in licensed medical facilities
H.3418 HD1242 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of gender responsive programming for juvenile justice system involved girls
H.3421 HD1282 For legislation to improve the personal care attendant program
H.3433 HD1308 For legislation to develop a model school curriculum and implementation guidelines related to conflict resolution education
H.3434 HD1266 Relative to the teaching of health education in schools
H.3440 HD810 Relative to the reduction of particulate emissions from Diesel engines
H.3450 HD931 Relative to health insurance coverage for urea cycle disorders for certain public employees
H.3522 HD1044 For legislation to protect tenants of certain residential properties subject to foreclosure proceedings
H.3523 HD1260 Relative to the dissemination of certain criminal offender record information
H.3573 HD1557 For legislation to preserve publicly assisted affordable housing
H.3586 HD1439 Relative to the coordination of mental health care for children
H.3751 HD2648 Relative to a local options meals tax
H.3805 HD1174 Relative to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, and improving access to services for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elderly persons
H.4015 HD4040 Relative to prohibiting junior operators use of cell phones or text messaging devices while operating motor vehicles

Linda Dorcena Forry grew up in Dorchester’s Uphams Corner neighborhood, where her parents settled after emigrating to the United States from Haiti in the mid 1960s. Upon her election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2005, Forry became the second Haitian American to hold public office in Massachusetts.

Senator Forry has dedicated her professional life to a career in public service, working in various capacities in state and city government for over 15 years. Forry has also served on a number of local boards and organizations, including the Ward 13 and Ward 17 Democratic committees.

Forry represented the Commonwealth’s 12th Suffolk district since 2005, a diverse and vibrant cross-section that includes parts of the town of Milton and the city of Boston, including Dorchester, Hyde Park and Mattapan. She was recently elected Senator for the Commonwealth’s 1st Suffolk district which includes Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston and Hyde Park.

Forry is married to Bill Forry and they are the proud parents of four beautiful children, two sons and two daughters. The Forrys live in the Lower Mills neighborhood of Dorchester.

Personal Information

Profession: State Senator
Spouse: Bill Forry
Children: 4
Religion: Catholic

Career Highlights

  • State Senator, Elected May 2013
  • State Representative, 2005-2013
  • Executive Assistant, City of Boston Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Legislative Aide, Former State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie

Education & Public Service

  • Monsignor Ryan Memorial H.S. (Dorchester)
  • Boston College, B.A., Carroll School of Management
  • Suffolk University, (candidate for M.P.A.)
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester Board; Milton Library Foundation Board
  • Friends for Children Board, College Bound Dorchester Board, Beth; Boston Foundation Haiti Relief and Reconstruction Fund Advisory Council
  • Member of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NAEHON); Truman National Security Project fellow; Member of the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL)
  • Mass. House (2005-2013); Mass. Senate (2013-Present)
First Suffolk - Consisting of the city of Boston, ward 1, precinct 15, ward 6, ward 7, ward 13, precincts 3, and 5 to 10, inclusive, ward 14, precincts 2, 4, 5 and 12 to 14, inclusive, ward 15, ward 16, ward 17, ward 18, precincts 1 to 6, inclusive, 13, 15 and 21, all in the county of Suffolk.