Cory Atkins Representative

D Concord
Cory Atkins

Addresses

State House
Room 195
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2015
Fax: 617-722-2822
Email: Cory.Atkins@mahouse.gov
District Office
93 Pilgrim Road
Concord, MA 01742
Phone: 978-369-5299
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD47 For legislation relative to spouses as caregivers.
HD63 For legislation to designate the month of October as Farm to School Month in the Commonwealth and to strategize opportunities to spread farm-to-school programs statewide
HD100 Relative to the disclosure of visual images of a person without his or her consent
HD161 For legislation to prohibit smoking in motor vehicles if young children are in the vehicle
SD285 For legislation to combat climate change.
SD289 For legislation relative to foster care children
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
HD347 Relative to the posting of security for seized animals in cruelty cases
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD521 For legislation to exempt home appliance service and repair technicians from certain provisions of the Massachusetts Plumbing Code
SD553 For legislation relative to solar drying of laundry
HD595 Relative to common summary of payments forms for health care services
SD625 For legislation relative to public investment in fossil fuels.
SD648 For legislation relative to ivory and rhino horn trafficking.
SD670 For legislation to sustain community preservation revenue
HD735 For legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles
SD736 For legislation to improve the collection and analsis of data realitve to traffic stops.
HD764 For legislation to prohibit discrimination in the issuance of group or individual disability, accident or sickness insurance policies
SD889 For legislation to protect the natural and historic resources of the Commonwealth
SD920 For legislation to prevent unnecessary vacancies in foreclosed homes
SD974 For legislation to protect animals during pet sales.
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
SD1001 For legislation to promote restorative justice practices
SD1021 For legislation to protect access to confidential healthcare.
HD1046 For legislation to update the contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a co-pay
SD1104 For legislation relative to creating a statutory housing restriction and providing remedies related to statutory housing
HD1143 Relative to improving asthma in schools
HD1173 Relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas
HD1188 That the Commissioner of Insurance be directed to make a bi-annual investigation relative to flood insurance rates
SD1189 For legislation relative to women’s health and economic equity
HD1190 Relative to the storage and dissemination of certain public records in an electronic format
SD1200 For legislation relative to modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors
HD1234 Relative to tax havens
SD1311 Proposal for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to corporate rights and political spending
HD1323 Relative to confining animals in a motor vehicle
SD1362 For legislation relative to student sex education.
SD1378 For legislation relative to protecting consumers of gas and electricity from paying for leaked and unaccounted for gas
HD1380 Relative to political expenditures by corporations
SD1404 For legislation relative to corporations, shareholders, and political expenditures
HD1412 Relative to the prevention and elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression within the Department of Elder Affairs.
SD1423 For legislation to establish pay equity.
HD1454 Relative to insurance coverage for mammograms
HD1505 Relative to gas leak repairs during road projects
HD1530 Relative to the divestment of state pension funds from holdings in fossil fuel companies
HD1559 (by vote of the town) that certain positions in the police department in the town of Acton be exempt from provisions of the civil service law
HD1587 Relative to license plate tracking
HD1595 Relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers
SD1616 For legislation relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage
SD1665 For legislation relative to motor vehicle license suspension
HD1674 Relative to providing care and comfort for the terminally ill
SD1735 For legislation to protect health and safety of animals in vehicles.
SD1738 For legislation relative to plastic bag reduction
SD1764 For legislation relative to credit building.
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
SD1769 For legislation relative to family financial protection.
SD1770 For legislation to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
SD1885 For legislation relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data.
HD1893 Relative to rendering the criminal and civil justice systems accessible to victims of sexual violence
HD1921 Relative to eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1950 Relative to the requirements for distinctive registration plates
HD1969 For legislation to improve the collection and analysis of data relative to traffic stops
HD2015 For legislation to prohibit the sale to minors of electronic devices used to deliver liquid nicotine vapor
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2089 For legislation to promote the use of restorative justice practices
HD2126 Relative to protecting puppies and kittens
HD2207 Relative to social media password privacy for school students
HD2297 Relative to net metering, community shared solar and energy storage
HD2332 For legislation to limit the time that former employees must wait before being employed by a competitor
HD2536 For legislation to authorize municipalities to invest in credit unions
HD2568 For legislation to establish a sustainable water resource fund to mitigate water shortages
HD2584 Relative to motor vehicle license suspension record privacy
HD2653 For legislation to establish a live theater tax credit program
HD2743 For legislation to require environmentally safe alternatives to harmful cleaning products
HD2802 Relative to pay equity
HD2867 For legislation to enhance opportunities for children in the custody of the Commonwealth
HD2941 Relative to certified professional midwives
HD2943 For legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund
HD2982 Relative to punishments for property crimes against elderly or disabled persons
HD3072 Relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations
HD3137 For legislation to establish election day voter registration
HD3142 For legislation to ensure that each student enrolled in a school district is screened for potential indicators of dyslexia or other reading disabilities
HD3200 For legislation to protect tenants and prevent vacancies in foreclosed homes
HD3364 For legislation to provide a waiver of fees to veterans at public institutions of higher learning
HD3367 For legislation to designate a certain bridge in the town of Chelmsford as the Lance Corporal Andrew J. Zabierek memorial bridge
HD3397 For legislation to reduce plastic bag pollution
HD3473 Relative to the collection and dissemination of student data

Cory Atkins won the office of State Representative in the fall of 1999 in a special election. Since that time she has worked tirelessly on voters’ priorities concerning education, the environment, economic growth, local transportation, and the relationship between our communities and state government. Rep. Atkins was promoted to Chair of the Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development for the 2013-2014 legislative session. In this role, Rep. Atkins leads committee members in considering all legislative matters pertaining to tourism, arts and cultural development in the Commonwealth and promotes job creation in those industries. Prior to this position, she was the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Rules for four years.

Currently, she is working shoulder to shoulder with Common Cause to overturn the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which allows unlimited corporate spending on political campaigns. Through these efforts and in collaboration with her colleagues in the House and Senate the Legislature passed a resolution that she filed in the House calling on Congress to overturn Citizens United.

One of her greatest achievements so far has been passage of An Act Relative to Harassment Prevention Orders in 2010. Prior to this law, citizens of the Commonwealth could only request a restraining order against a relative or someone with whom they had a significant dating relationship. The law now allows people to obtain a restraining order against anyone who is demonstrably stalking or harassing them.

She fought for more state funding for special education, for the METCO program, and to obtain favorable rates for the School Building Assistance for her towns. She has worked closely with town officials to balance the demands of economic development, the desire to preserve open space, and the increasing financial pressures on local services. She has secured funding for Route 2 renovations and improvements.

In the 2011-2012 legislative session Cory Atkins has served as the House co-chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators. As co-chair she has helped the Caucus to develop relationships with legislative leadership, the Commission on the Status of Women, and other agencies and groups. In addition she and the Caucus have worked together to support a number of bills that effect women’s lives including alimony reform, equitable coverage in disability insurance, and equal pay for equal work. During her time as co-chair, the Caucus has drawn attention to women’s heart health, screened a documentary about the portrayal of women in the media, and hosted the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

Cory Atkins was committed to public service long before she was elected to the House. As a community activist, she has been an active member of international, national, and local organizations including the Environmental League of Massachusetts, the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, the Lowell Mayor’s Drug Task Force, the Concord Assabet and Family Services, the Domestic Violence Victims Assistance Program, Walden Woods, the League of Women Voters of Concord-Carlisle, the Fundraiser for Network for Women’s Lives, the Concord Democratic Town Committee (twenty year member and former co-chair), the Fundraiser for Concord Children’s Center, the Handel and Haydn Society, and Amnesty International.

As an instructor and lecturer, Cory Atkins taught courses at Middlesex Community College in U.S. Government and Women in Management. She has also participated as a guest commentator on Channels 2, 4, 5 and 6, and has written a political column for The Middlesex News (now the Metrowest Daily News). She attended UMass-Boston and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Political Science, prior to which she attended Burdett Business School and graduated with an Associate’s degree in Marketing Research. She is most proud of her family, and she is pleased that both of her children have bought homes in Concord and are now raising their own families there.

Personal Information

Profession: Writer/Legislator

Education & Public Service

  • University of Massachusetts, Boston, B.S., Political Science, Magna Cum Laude
  • Concord Democratic Town Committee
  • Mass. House 1999 - Present
Fourteenth Middlesex, Consisting of Acton: Precincts 1, 2, 6; Carlisle; Chelmsford: Precincts 1, 9; Concord.