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Massachusetts Senate Worcester and Middlesex

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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  • John J. Cronin
    (Dem)

  • Dean A. Tran
    (Rep)

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?

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Graduated from Fitchburg High School. Graduated from Brandeis University. 23 years in the private sector. Planning Board (2001-2005) City Councillor At-Large (2005-2017) State Senator (2018-present) First Vietnamese elected in Massachusetts First and only Asian-born Amerian in the State Senate Ranking Minority member Membor of 11 committees including Ways and Means, Higher Education, Healther Care financing, and Transportation Member of 2 conference committees (Health Care and Transporation)
1. Economic Development 2. Public Safety

In my first two years as a State Senator and prior to the pandemic, I helped create one of the strongest economies in the country. When we have a strong economy, everyone benefit and all the programs we support are funded including schools, healthcare, and local projects that are important to communities of color. The residents also need to feel safe whether on their travels or attend schools. Our first responders need to have the resources to do so.
1. We need to contain the virus and quickly allow the economy to fully reopoen. Prior to the pandemic, we had the lowest unemployment rate and record revenues exceeding benchmarks. Our strong tax collection was based on our strong workforce and a healthy small business sector.

2. We need to continue to advocate for more federal funding and appropriate the funds accordingly. Our record stabilization fund, also known as the rainy day fund, is also available for use.
My district has experienced erosion, flooding, and damages to culvert, dams, and bridges. I supported the Senate's 2018 climate change bill to reduce carbon emission and helped fund programs such as municipal vulnerability preparedness (MVP). These grants help local communities with climate change projects.
I have experienced every discriminaton one could face. This is the reason why I am involve in politics to change the perception of people of color. I am one of the very few person of color in the Legislature and one of only two minorities in the State Senate.

Police officers who commit a crime should be held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law. Training procedures should be reviewed. In addition, everyone should be treated fairly and just in our justice system.