Bill Docket Bill Title
SD41 For legislation relative to Medicaid eligibility for seniors.
SD44 For legislation to ensure effective health care cost control.
SD61 For legislation relative to special juveniles.
SD130 For legislation to authorize municipal increases in minimum wages.
SD273 For legislation to protect vulnerable road users
SD284 For legislation to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
SD466 For legislation to ensure continued humane animal care and protect family farms in Massachusetts.
SD469 For legislation to establish a special commission to identify opportunities to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of state agencies, programs, and services
SD482 For legislation to define modest meals and refreshments in prescriber education settings.
SD639 For legislation relative to excessive executive compensation.
HD674 (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston
SD690 For legislation relative to the eligibility of students for in-state tuition rates and fees at public higher educational institutions.
SD693 For legislation to increase the personal care allowance of residents of long-term care facilities
SD707 For legislation to promote purchasing from social enterprises by governmental bodies
SD739 For legislation relative to pedestrian stop data.
SD743 For legislation relative to language opportunity for our kids.
SD779 For legislation to prevent undue influence on prescriber behavior
SD996 For legislation to establish Medicare for all in Massachusetts
SD1008 For legislation to increase recycling by landlords and tenants
SD1012 For legislation to promote global trade and economic development through dual language and bi-literacy
SD1030 For legislation to require producer responsibility for collection reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products.
SD1053 For legislation to protect the privacy of consumer financial information
SD1160 For legislation to protect disabled persons from financial exploitation
SD1223 For legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities in the Commonwealth
SD1280 For legislation to establish a education loan repayment program for social workers in areas of need
SD1355 For legislation relative to the Architectural Access Board.
SD1362 For legislation relative to student sex education.
SD1392 For legislation relative to state contracting
SD1404 For legislation relative to corporations, shareholders, and political expenditures
SD1417 For legislation relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates.
SD1421 For legislation to update public health laws.
SD1460 For legislation to provide coverage for tobacco use cessation under Commonwealth Care
SD1491 For legislation to reform pretrial process.
SD1510 For legislation to increase container recycling in the Commonwealth.
SD1665 For legislation relative to motor vehicle license suspension
SD1669 For legislation to reinvest in working families
SD1738 For legislation relative to plastic bag reduction
SD1770 For legislation to repeal mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenses.
SD1803 For legislation relative to reserving beds in nursing homes during certain leaves of absence
SD1813 For legislation to establish election day registration
SD1853 An Act establishing a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program
H.112 HD2477 By Representative O'Day of West Boylston and Senator Tarr, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 112) of James J. O'Day, Bruce E. Tarr and others relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.448 HD2436 By Messrs. O'Day of West Boylston and Brodeur of Melrose, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 448) of James J. O'Day, Paul Brodeur and others relative to sexual health education. Education.
H.498 HD2211 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 498) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to provide the highest quality education through access of innovative and research-based language education instructional programs. Education.
H.553 HD3137 By Representatives Fox of Boston and Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 553) of Gloria L. Fox and others for legislation to establish election day voter registration. Election Laws.
H.756 HD2752 By Mr. Smizik of Brookline, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 756) of Frank I. Smizik and others for legislation to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.996 HD286 By Ms. Hogan of Stow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 996) of Kate Hogan and others relative to the payment and preservation of beds in nursing home facilities for recipients of MassHealth benefits. Health Care Financing.
H.1227 HD3015 By Mr. Carvalho of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1227) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths. The Judiciary.
H.1429 HD3425 By Ms. Keefe of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1429) of Mary S. Keefe and others for legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity by enhancing the enforcement and penalties for violations of the controlled substances laws. The Judiciary.
H.1575 HD1969 By Mr. Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1575) of Byron Rushing and others for legislation to improve the collection and analysis of data relative to traffic stops. The Judiciary.
H.1577 HD3072 By Representatives Rushing of Boston and Provost of Somerville, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1577) of Byron Rushing and others relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations. The Judiciary.
H.1584 HD3156 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1584) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to reform pretrial processes. The Judiciary.
H.1771 HD2072 By Representative Story of Amherst and Senator Flanagan, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1771) of Ellen Story and others for legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing, and harrassment, without regard to protected class status. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1815 HD975 By Representatives Sannicandro of Ashland and Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1815) of Tom Sannicandro and others relative to youth substance abuse needs. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1945 HD3132 By Ms. Fox of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1945) of Gloria L. Fox, Chris Walsh and Sonia Chang-Diaz establishing a high containment biological research laboratory health and safety program by the Department of Public Health. Public Health.
H.1973 HD45 By Mrs. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1973) of Patricia A. Haddad and others relative to the modernization of optometric patient care. Public Health.
H.2048 HD1906 By Messrs. Sánchez of Boston and Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2048) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Public Health.
H.2051 HD3487 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2051) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to increase access to vaccines. Public Health.
H.2401 HD1699 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2401) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to improve quality in early education centers and providing better access to quality early education and care. Public Service.
H.2569 HD727 By Mr. Kaufman of Lexington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2569) of Jay R. Kaufman and others for legislation to promote sales tax fairness for small businesses. Revenue.
H.2984 HD1566 By Ms. Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2984) of Tricia Farley-Bouvier and others to provide for reforms and improvements to the Commonwealth's transportation system. Transportation.
H.2985 HD1650 By Representative Farley-Bouvier of Pittsfield and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2985) of Tricia Farley-Bouvier and others relative to junior operator's licenses . Transportation.
H.3039 HD2584 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3039) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to motor vehicle license suspension record privacy. Transportation.

Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her third 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 Office, 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.