Since her election in December of 2013, Katherine has helped families at home by successfully passing legislation to tackle the opioid crisis, expand educational access for vulnerable students, strengthen health care programs for women, and improve the quality of child care and early learning programs.

A new member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, Katherine will continue fighting for Massachusetts families by focusing on good jobs, a living wage and paid leave, college affordability, investment in roads, bridges and renewable energy, and gun safety.

During her time in Congress, Katherine has spearheaded Democratic efforts to break through Republican obstruction. Following the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Katherine partnered with civil rights icon John Lewis to lead the historic sit-in on the House Floor, calling on Speaker Ryan and House Republicans to allow votes on common sense gun safety measures. She has stridently opposed efforts to restrict women’s ability to access reproductive health care. Katherine has also emerged as a national leader in the fight against online abuse, urging the Department of Justice to step up investigations of online threats and cyberstalking.

Katherine has consistently formed partnerships with members across the aisle to make progress on issues that affect families. From improving the quality of infant and toddler child care, to combatting the nationwide opioid crisis, to empowering victims of domestic violence to escape abusive situations, Katherine is deeply committed to building coalitions in Congress to give Massachusetts families a fair shot.

Prior to her election to Congress, Katherine served as the Massachusetts a state senator, state representative and school committee member. Katherine’s career also includes service as general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General and prosecutor. Katherine is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell University School of Law, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Katherine and her husband Rodney live in Melrose, Massachusetts with their three sons Addison, Jared and Nathaniel, and their rescue dog Bodie.