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Mass. Caucus of Women Legislators appoints new Co-Chairs, Board of Directors ‘23-‘24 legislative session

Jessica Giannino
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State Rep. Jessica Giannino named to At-Large Board


  BOSTON – The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators has selected new Co-Chairs and Board of Directors for the 2023-2024 legislative session, following a thorough and inclusive process. Beginning in January, Senator Joan B. Lovely (D-Salem) and Representative Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) will be Co-Chairs of the bipartisan and bicameral Women’s Caucus. Senator-Elect Liz Miranda (D-Boston) and Representative Christine P. Barber (D-Somerville) will serve as Vice-Chairs and Representative Brandy Fluker Oakley (D-Boston) will serve as Treasurer. The following members will serve as At-Large Board members: Representative Carole A. Fiola (D-Fall River), Representative Jessica Ann Giannino (D-Revere), Representative Vanna Howard (D-Lowell), Representative Meghan Kilcoyne (D-Clinton), Representative Joan Meschino (D-Hull), Senator Rebecca L. Rausch (D-Needham) and Representative Lindsay N. Sabadosa (D-Northampton).

  To ensure a diverse and committed Board, the Women’s Caucus conducted a first-time process to solicit and review applications from members. Led by current Co-Chair Representative Patricia A. Haddad (D-Somerset), the Women’s Caucus Nominating Committee included Representative Michelle L. Ciccolo (D-Lexington), Senator Patricia D. Jehlen (D-Somerville), Representative Kimberly N. Ferguson (R-Holden) and Representative Christina A. Minicucci (D-North Andover).

  “I am so excited and thankful for the opportunity to serve as an At-Large Board member on the Massachusetts Women’s Caucus during the upcoming legislative session,” said Representative Giannino. “It has been a very enjoyable and educational experience working on the legislative priorities of the caucus with my colleagues during this session, so I am looking forward to being involved as a more integral part next year.”

  “I am proud of the leadership team that our Nominating Committee put together,” said Representative Haddad. “This team reflects the growing diversity of the Women’s Caucus and will be critical to supporting the work of the Caucus next session.”

  “I am thrilled to serve again as Senate Chair of the Women’s Caucus next session,” said Senator Lovely. “Under Rep. Haddad and I, the Caucus has grown and focused on the critical issues affecting women and girls in Massachusetts, including COVID’s impact on women, health access and racial disparities, and empowering women in government. I am excited to continue this work and look forward to serving again next session.”

  “I am honored to have been chosen by my colleagues to serve as House Chair of the Women’s Caucus next session,” said Representative Kane. “This team shows the strong bicameral and bipartisan nature of our Caucus, our diversity, and the power of the women of the State House. The Women’s Caucus is a unique and important entity, and I am excited to continue my work with my colleagues in this space.”

  The Women’s Caucus was founded in 1975 with a mission to enhance the economic status and equality of women and to encourage and support women in all levels of government. In January, following this recent election, the Caucus will have upwards of 60 members – comprising about 30% of the legislature. When the new session begins, the Caucus will work with all its members to determine strategic and legislative priorities for the 193rd General Court.

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