Cindy’s Quarterly Newsletter

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season. As we approach the New Year, please take a look at my inaugural quarterly newsletter using the link below. It provides a brief update on what the Senate has accomplished this fall, and highlights some of my major priorities moving forward.

As always, hearing from you on the issues you care most about helps inform my day-to-day work in the Senate. Please do not hesitate to make your voice heard by contacting me via the contact form on my website, by telephone at (617) 722-1432, by email at, or by mail at Senator Cindy Friedman, State House, Room 413-D, Boston, MA 02133.

Click here to view my quarterly newsletter

Click here to view the full 2017-2018 Senate Session Report

My First 100 Days in Office

Today marks my 100th day in office! During the campaign, I said that I’d be “ready on Day 1,” and I meant it.

Since August, I’ve had the pleasure of travelling throughout the 4th Middlesex district to meet with constituents, attend and speak at community events, and discuss important issues that affect all of us. I also eagerly began my legislative duties at the State House in Boston and took part in several key votes in the Senate to reform our criminal justice system, contain healthcare costs, reduce property tax rates for our seniors, military personnel, and the disabled, and much more. It’s been a busy few months and I’ve enjoyed every minute representing you on Beacon Hill.

To better understand what I’ve been up to, click here to view 100 moments from the past 100 days.

How to be an Effective “Citizen Advocate”

Last week, I joined Colleen Kirby, Lori Kenschaft, First Parish UU of Arlington’s Mass Incarceration Working Group, and several members of the Arlington community to discuss some of my legislative priorities as well as best practices for being an effective “citizen lobbyist.”

I have spoken with many people since last November’s presidential election who have asked me how they can influence state government and make a real difference in the current political climate. I encourage you to read this article to learn about some of the effective strategies we discussed in our meeting that you can implement as a citizen of the Commonwealth.

Additionally, here are two helpful documents: (1) Making Government Work For You, by Colleen Kirby; and (2) The Citizen Lobbyist, by the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact my office at (617) 722-1432 or email me directly at