Christine P. Barber was first elected in November 2014 to serve as State Representative for the 34th Middlesex District. Christine is Vice Chair of the Committee on Financial Services, and member of the Committee on Housing, the Committee on Health Care Financing, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Christine is also on the Board of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators and Co-Chair of the Justice-Involved Women Task Force, an arm of the Women’s Caucus that focuses on women in the criminal justice system and their families. She is a member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission, the Children’s Vision Commission, and the Early Education Workforce Commission.
Christine is a member of several caucuses, including the House Progressive Caucus and the Criminal Justice Caucus. She is on the Advisory Board of Emerge Massachusetts.
Before being elected State Representative, Christine was a health policy analyst for Community Catalyst, a national health advocacy organization started by Rob Restuccia, working on reforms to ensure access to quality, affordable health care, including passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Christine previously served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing, drafting legislation including Massachusetts’s landmark 2006 health care law, which has provided coverage to hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts’s residents.
Christine’s work in the state legislature is driven by her passion for social justice and commitment to supporting families. Her priorities include: protecting access to health care, supporting affordable, high-quality child care, expanding public transportation, creating more affordable housing and sustainable neighborhoods, and equality for women.
What committees have you served on? Health Care Financing, Financial Services, Housing, Environment Natural Resources and Agriculture, Labor and Workforce Development, Ways and Means.
- What legislation have you been excited to be involved with/pass?
I’ve been proud to work on environmental issues like limiting gas leaks and pushing renewable energy; preserving access to health care for low-income families; expanding affordable housing options; protecting rights for transgender people; creating a paid family leave program; criminal justice reform, including changes to help women and their families.
- What did it mean to have Mass Alliance’s endorsement?
MassAlliance’s endorsement was a huge benefit. Because MassAlliance members have so much grassroots support, the endorsement meant not only the support of progressive groups that work on a number of critical issues, but helped to engage their members in my community who were active on these issues.
- How did having the Mass Alliance endorsement help your victory?
Support that MassAlliance provided to push me to become a better fundraiser, provided expert advice on canvassing keeping in contact with voters face-to-face, and talking about strategy and issues, was critical to me in campaigning.
Learn more at: http://www.christinebarber.org