Sonia Chang-Díaz 186th (2009 - 2010) Senator

D Boston
Sonia Chang-Díaz


State House
Room 111
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1673
Fax: 617-722-1079
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.54 SD1413 For legislation to ensure access to basic health care for children and young adults
S.58 SD515 For legislation relating to anti-human trafficking and protection
S.59 SD1480 For legislation to assist families care for elders
S.157 SD542 For legislation to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets on credit.
S.200 SD452 For legislation to clarify and enhance privacy protections for electronic health records
S.341 SD1995 For legislation to establish election day registation
S.471 SD543 For legislation to preserve homeownership
S.563 SD1226 For legislation to provide coverage for tobacco use cessation under Commonwealth Care
H.576 HD421 For legislation to provide for the registration of voters on election days
S.603 SD1982 For legislation relative to equal access to higher education and generating revenue for the commonwealth
H.671 HD3661 Relative to campaign finance reports filed by elected municipal officials
S.680 SD1561 For legislation establishing a temporary workers right to know.
S.688 SD624 For legislation establishing paid sick days
S.707 SD1454 For legislation increasing the minimum wage
S.757 SD905 For legislation relative to childrens mental health clinicians
S.769 SD1859 For legislation relative to preferred parking spaces
H.825 HD1400 Relative to establishing a special water infrastructure finance commission to develop a comprehensive, long-range water infrastructure finance plan for the Commonwealth and its municipalities
H.833 HD3211 Relative to producer responsibility for discarded electronic products
S.847 SD1180 For legislation relative to a board of midwifery
S.890 SD911 For legislation relative to patient safety
S.1041 SD1992 For legislation relative to early retirement and the termination retirement allowance
S.1324 SD790 For legislation to establish a groundwater protection tax credit for homeowners
S.1608 SD1344 For legislation to reform CORI, restore economic opportunity and improve public safety
S.1609 SD1409 For legislation to require just cause for eviction and foreclosed properties
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
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
S.1913 SD2036 For legislation relative to license renewal notifications
H.1949 HD1081 Relative to providing for linguistically appropriate mental health services
H.2080 HD1708 For legislation to establish a board of registration in midwifery
H.2186 HD2205 Relative to the removal or transportaton of trash
H.2360 HD2064 For legislation to protect the integrity of the state pension systemt
H.2666 HD310 For legislation to improve the earned income credit for working families under the tax laws of the Commonwealth
H.2773 HD3951 Relative to the excise tax imposed on certain tobacco products
H.2907 HD1206 Relative to telecommunication property taxes paid to cities and towns
H.3364 HD2112 Relative to air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike
H.3465 HD1295 Relative to emergency access to mental health services
H.3582 HD2219 Relative to the payment of wages
H.3586 HD1439 Relative to the coordination of mental health care for children
H.3751 HD2648 Relative to a local options meals tax
H.3842 HD3847 For legislation to eliminate racial profiling and improve the collection and analysis of data at traffic stops
H.4343 HD4581 Relative to the membership of the Franklin Foundation, commonly known as the Franklin Institute of Boston
H.4424 HD4771 Relative to extending the reporting date within which the special commission established to investigate, study and designate one thousand great places in the Commonwealth
H.4482 HD4831 Relative to authorizing the Department of Conservation and Recreation to enter into an agreement with the city of Cambridge

Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her fourth term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of all or part of the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.

Senator Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. She is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, CORI reform, access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities, and for those affected by foreclosures, hate crimes, and youth violence. She has also been a strong voice for sound fiscal reform and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars.

Senator Chang-Díaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education and Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families & Persons with Disabilities, Public Safety and Homeland Security, Ways and Means, and the Senate Committees on Redistricting, Steering and Policy, and Ways and Means.

Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Díaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems, where she learned first-hand the challenges facing our public school students, teachers, and parents and the role our state government can play in improving our educational system. Senator Chang-Díaz has also worked in public service as a Senior Legislative Aide to former state Senator Cheryl Jacques, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.

Senator Chang-Díaz was raised on the idea that leadership, at its heart, is about service. It is a value deeply rooted in her family’s long tradition of public service. Chang-Díaz's mother raised her and her sister while dedicating her career to those most forgotten in our society: from adults with mental illness, to foster children in need of loving families, to at-risk toddlers and infants in Dorchester. Her father, an immigrant to the United States from Costa Rica, was our country’s first Latin American astronaut. Her sister is a teacher. And her grandfather has been recognized as one of the country’s most committed rural doctors. Senator Chang-Díaz currently resides in Jamaica Plain and is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels church in Roxbury.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator

Education & Public Service

  • University of Virginia, BA in Political & Social Thought
  • Mass. Senate (2009-present)
Second Suffolk -- Consisting of the city of Boston, ward 3, precinct 7, ward 4, precincts 1, 3 and 4, ward 8, ward 9, ward 10, ward 11, ward 12, ward 13, precincts 1, 2 and 4, ward 14, precincts 1, 3, 6 to 11, inclusive, ward 18, precincts 7, 8, 11, 12, 14 and 22 and ward 19, precincts 1 to 9, inclusive, in the county of Suffolk.