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Massachusetts Senate 1st Middlesex and Norfolk

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district of approximately 159,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each Senator is approximately $66,256

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    Cynthia Stone Creem

Biographical Information

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What are your top two legislative priorities for the next session, and why?

Coping with COVID-19 has resulted in decreased state revenues and increased expenses in unexpected areas. Name two specific steps the state should take to balance the budget.

How is climate change impacting your district? How do you plan to address it?

What would you do to eliminate systemic racism in Massachusetts? In particular, what steps would you take to prevent police violence and promote fairness within the justice system?

Majority Leader of the Massachusetts State Senate. Former elected member, Massachusetts Governor's Council. Former Chair, Newton Board of Aldermen (now City Council).
As co-chair of a justice-involved juveniles and emerging adults task force, I saw convincing evidence that to effectively reduce recidivism and promote racial justice we must raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction and expand targeted programming to emerging adults. This is my top criminal justice priority. And, I filed The Future Act to transition gas distribution companies toward providing renewable geothermal energy for heating/cooling, and require swifter repairs of methane leaks.
Our state’s commitments to provide a robust social safety net and support our local schools must be kept. We are required by law to balance the budget yearly, but it is too early to say at this time what adjustments will have to be made, because we are waiting to learn what the federal government will do to help. All states and local communities need federal assistance now to maintain services and recover from the fiscal crises caused by the pandemic.
My district's residents have been pro-active in shifting to 100% renewable electricity, supporting a ban on fossil fuel (natural gas) hook-ups in new construction, and other important policies. We must work toward access for all to affordable and adequate transit, ensuring public buildings are net zero energy use, revamping vehicle fleets to be all-electric, expanding charging stations and more. I support and will work for environmental justice so all communities can benefit from these policies.
Hardworking men and women serve in law enforcement. But we can no longer ignore the real disparate impact the criminal justice system has on communities of color. I filed the first Senate bill in the wake of George Floyd’s death including banning chokeholds and tear gas, requiring de-escalation tactics before use of force, and imposing a duty to intervene for fellow officers. My bills also expand criminal record expungement, and press 'pause' on facial recognition software use by police.