Cindy F. Friedman was elected to the Massachusetts Senate on July 25, 2017. She represents five communities in the Fourth Middlesex District, including Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn, and parts of Lexington. Senator Friedman’s legislative agenda focuses on several important issues, including better treatment for those suffering from mental illness or substance use disorder, workers’ rights and wages, greater funding for local schools and governments, and improved access to transportation.
Senator Friedman holds several positions in the Legislature. She serves as:
- Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery;
- Vice Chair of the Special Senate Committee on Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Options;
- Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service;
- A member of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development;
- A member of the Women Legislators Caucus;
- A member of the MBTA Legislative Caucus; and
- A member of the Library Legislative Caucus.
Prior to becoming state Senator, Friedman served for nearly a decade as Chief of Staff to the late Senator Ken Donnelly, helping to shape and support Ken’s vision to improve the lives of all Massachusetts residents, especially those who are most vulnerable and without a voice. Before that, Friedman spent several years working as a manager in the high-tech industry and as a teacher at the kindergarten and elementary school levels.
Senator Friedman holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in special education from Lesley University. Friedman lives in Arlington, Massachusetts, where she has been deeply involved in community activism for decades and has served as a leader in local political campaigns for Ken Donnelly, Deval Patrick, and Don Berwick. She currently lives with her husband of 35 years, John Page.