BOSTON – Earlier today, Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier (D- Pittsfield) and Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis (D- Framingham) were elected to serve as the co-chairs of the House Progressive Caucus for the 191st Session.
The House Progressive Caucus is made up of 60 House members committed to the goal of promoting social, economic, and environmental justice for all people of the Commonwealth.
“The strength of the Caucus is not just from the record number of members,” Rep. Farley-Bouvier said “but in the wealth of experience, the expertise and the commitment of the individuals willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work. Rep. Lewis and I will provide the infrastructure to facilitate an inclusive process as the Caucus builds on past successes and continues with our goals of learning from each other and advocating for shared priorities”
“I am honored to be entrusted by my colleagues to co-chair the House Progressive Caucus with Rep. Farley-Bouvier,” Rep. Lewis said.
“We as a Commonwealth have a lot for which to be proud, but we should never rest on our laurels. We must continue the hard work of ensuring that our families, schools, and communities have the resources and supports to thrive and that our Commonwealth further leads the fight for our shared values,” said the Democrat who represents Ashland & Framingham.
Motivated by the successful passage of several key progressive priorities during the previous legislative cycle, including criminal justice reform, expanded gun safety laws, and the furthering of reproductive rights, the House Progressive Caucus is planning for another robust cycle.
Long standing member of the Progressive Caucus, Rep. David Linsky (D-Natick), said he is optimistic about the year ahead.
“I am excited about the direction that our newly elected co-Chairs – Reps. Farley-Bouvier and Lewis – will take the Caucus, which serves as an important progressive voice in the Legislature. They are both principled and pragmatic, and that is especially important in these challenging times when that is not always the case in Washington. Their innovative thinking will ensure that the Caucus advocates for legislation that will continue to move the Commonwealth forward as an accepting and welcoming place for each and every person who lives here. I look forward to working with Reps. Farley-Bouvier and Lewis, and the rest of the Progressive Caucus members, to advocate for progressive legislation this Session,” said Rep. Linsky.
Rep. Farley Bouvier previously served as co-chair of the Caucus with former-Rep. Byron Rushing and serves as the state representative for the 3rd Berkshire District.
Rep. Lewis serves as state representative for the 7th Middlesex District.