-FIGHTING FOR THE DISTRICT-
As State Representative, Tami secured funding for the Chelmsford-run organization, Budget Buddies, that serves low-income women throughout the Merrimack Valley and has expanded to Greater Boston and Southern New Hampshire. She has advocated for the District funding for affordable housing projects, transportation improvements, environmental protections, equitable school funding, and investments in infrastructure.
Tami stands for justice and workers’ rights. During the Stop & Shop workers’ 2019 strike, Tami joined workers on the picket line in Acton. During her first session, she voted in favor of the Janus bill, signed into law last year, that sought to undo the Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision that has wreaked on our unions.
-FIGHTING FOR OUR VALUES-
Tami is committed to a stronger democracy and transparent government. She signed the Transparency Pledge and has followed through on her promises by making her Committee votes public, stood for roll call votes on bills and amendments so that her (and her colleagues’) votes are recorded for public record, and fought for Rules reform in the House at the beginning of session in 2018.
Tami fights for LGBTQ and reproductive justice. Her first speech on the House floor was given in favor of a statewide ban on conversion therapy. She continues to advocate for action on reproductive justice and comprehensive sex education.
Tami was first inspired to run for elected office while growing up in Lowell, Massachusetts where she learned about the power of people working together to address our society’s most pressing issues. Bringing 25 years of advocacy and professional experience to Beacon Hill, in her role as State Representative for the 14th Middlesex District Tami has advocated for:
The right to healthcare for everyone;
Sustainable living environments for all;
A living wage and equitable benefits to help working families;
Open government that is responsive and accountable to the needs of all residents;
Fair economic policies that raise revenues to support investments in education, transportation, healthcare, and the environment;
Policies that protect the public’s health and safety;
Programs to address the needs of the most vulnerable among us;
A fair, just, and inclusive democratic society.
Tami is a leader in transportation. She spearheaded efforts to address transportation funding needs within the House, both as the Chair of the Transportation Subcommittee of the Progressive Caucus and as a convener of the Route 2/Alewife Working Group focused on decreasing congestion on the Rt. 2 corridor, the Concord Rotary, and the Alewife Parking Garage.
Witnessing the devastating impacts of the opioid crisis throughout her 20-year career in public health and social work, Tami filed several pieces of legislation to save lives by increasing access to Narcan, making treatment opportunities more accessible, and funding fentanyl testing programs. Additionally, Tami filed legislation to address childhood trauma and to ensure that all youth in Massachusetts get the support and resources they need to thrive.
Prior to joining the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tami spearheaded several public health advocacy efforts. While Tami was a candidate, a bill she spearheaded to protect youth from the harms of tobacco addiction was signed into law.
As a passionate advocate, Tami has led and worked on several statewide ballot initiative signature drives, including increasing the minimum wage, ensuring earned sick time and paid leave for all Massachusetts workers, and getting big money out of politics. Early in her public health career, she conducted environmental health policy research at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production at UMass Lowell and served as Assistant Director of the Northeast Center for Healthy Communities, where she provided expertise to prevention coalitions in northeast Massachusetts and supported advocacy efforts to protect children from exposure to environmental toxins.
-STRATEGIC PROBLEM SOLVER-
In 2007, Tami founded and chaired the Lowell Roundtable on Substance Abuse Prevention, which received $1 million in early federal and state funding to address the opioid crisis and prevent youth substance misuse and addiction. In partnership with city agencies, the coalition piloted innovative approaches to reduce overdose deaths, including training, prescription drug take-back programs, and public health and law enforcement partnerships.
-LIFELONG LEARNER &
Tami was honored to receive the 2017 Portuguese Heritage Day Award, the 2015 Mt. Holyoke College Alumnae Achievement Award, the 2014 Mt. Holyoke College Changemakers Recognition Award, and the 2014 Massachusetts Public Health Association Alfred Frechette Public Health Leadership Award. Tami graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in politics. She later earned Master of Social Work and Master of Public Health degrees from Boston University where she is currently studying opioid policies for a Doctorate of Public Health.
As a resident of Lowell, and now of Acton, Tami has been an active community member. She is a member of the Acton Democratic Town Committee, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton, the League of Women Voters–Acton Area, the Sisterhood at Congregation Beth Elohim, and the Three Rivers Affinity Group chapter of Progressive Massachusetts. She was previously a member of the Acton Nursing Services Advisory Committee, the Acton-Boxborough Rotary Club, among other organizations and causes.