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ANDOVER, MA — State Senator Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover) has announced the launch of an exploratory committee for the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts. She becomes the first woman and only elected official to take this step toward a run to succeed Congresswoman Niki Tsongas.
“Our country is facing some of the biggest challenges we’ve ever seen,” Senator L’Italien said. “The working families of this district deserve someone in Washington who’s shown fearless, proven leadership. That’s why I’m exploring a run for Congress.”
Throughout her legislative career, L’Italien has been a leader in the fights for equal marriage, health care access for all, quality public education for all children, better services and supports for seniors, health insurance coverage for people with Autism and other disabilities, and against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
L’Italien served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2003-2011 where she represented six communities including Andover, Haverhill, and Methuen and was the vice chair of the Ways and Means committee. She has served in the Massachusetts Senate since 2015, and represents the residents of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury. She chairs the committees on Elder Affairs and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and formerly chaired Municipalities and Regional Government. L’Italien has also served as an Andover School Committee member and as Director of Government Affairs under Treasurer Steve Grossman. Before her career in public service, L’Italien was a social work case manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.
Barbara’s family first settled in the Merrimack Valley in the early 1900s when her French-Canadian and Irish grandparents immigrated to Lawrence to work in the mills and build a better future for their family. Her Irish grandfather moved from Lowell to Lawrence and became the first Irish person to manage one of William M. Wood’s mills.
Raised in Andover with seven siblings, Barbara is the daughter of a schoolteacher from Methuen and an FBI agent from Lawrence. After graduating from Andover High School she worked full-time to put herself through college, graduating from Merrimack College with a degree in Political Science in 1984.
Barbara and her husband of 31 years, Kevin Hall, started their family in Haverhill. After seven years they moved to Andover where they continue to raise their four children: Rudy, Allie, Samantha, and Andrew.
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