About Cindy

Cindy F. Friedman was elected to the Massachusetts Senate on July 25, 2017, to represent the Fourth Middlesex District, which includes Arlington, Billerica, Burlington, Woburn, and precincts 1-2 and 4-7 of Lexington. Prior to becoming a state Senator, Cindy worked as a public school teacher, an executive in the high-tech industry, and later served for nearly a decade as chief of staff to the late Senator Ken Donnelly.

Always a straight-shooter and a zealous advocate for the people of the Commonwealth, since her election Cindy has distinguished herself as a thoughtful and policy-oriented member of the Senate. Most notably, Cindy played an instrumental role in crafting and passing legislation to:

Cindy has also distinguished herself as a champion for her district by securing millions of dollars in investments for local initiatives providing food assistance, infrastructure improvements, behavioral health services, and adult immigrant and refugee community engagement.

Cindy’s legislative agenda is informed by her decades of public activism, dating back to when she first marched to protect women’s reproductive rights in the 1970s. Since then, Cindy has grown to be a vocal champion for fair labor laws, lowering prescription drug prices, and expanding access to timely, quality behavioral health care, particularly for children. Cindy’s legislative priorities are also reflected in her committee, caucus, and working group memberships she has held since her election to the Senate. Cindy currently serves as:

Cindy moved to Arlington, Massachusetts in 1980 and established deep roots in the community. Cindy became a Town Meeting member, co-founded the Arlington Education Foundation, founded Schools are a Priority in Our Town (SPOT), and was chair of the Arlington No Place for Hate Committee. Cindy also served as the statewide campaign manager for the gubernatorial campaign of Don Berwick and as a local campaign coordinator for the gubernatorial campaign of Deval Patrick and the state Senate campaigns of Ken Donnelly.

Cindy holds a bachelor’s degree in education from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree in special education from Lesley University.