She was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 2005. She represents the Second Middlesex district, which includes Medford, Somerville, and parts of Winchester and Cambridge. She is Senate Chair of the Committee on Elder Affairs and Vice-Chair of the Committee on Education. She is Co-chair of the LGBT Aging Commission and the Commission on Elder Economic Security. She is cochair of the MBTA Caucus, and chair of the Mystic River Caucus. She also serves on the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Healthcare Financing, Housing, and the Judiciary.
Jehlen was appointed by the Senate President to the Foundation Budget Review Commission, the Special Commission on Criminal Justice, and the Commission on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. She also served on the Supportive Housing MOU Working Group, the Long Term Care Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the committee on Adult Day Health, and the Expert Panel on End of Life Care at the Department of Public Health.
Jehlen’s legislative priorities are equitable and excellent education, universal and affordable health care, and jobs with decent wages and benefits, including earned sick time. In the area of elder services, her priority is making sure that seniors of all income levels can find housing and services that meet their needs, through assuring a full range of quality services from home care through assisted living and nursing homes.
Most recently the Senator was also appointed to the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) Committee on Education as well as to the Council of State Governments (CSG) Eastern Region Committee on Education as the alternate.
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