Last week, Somerville and Medford State Representative Christine P. Barber received her committee assignments for the 190th Legislative Session. In her second term as a legislator, Rep. Barber will serve on the Joint Committees on Housing, Labor & Workforce Development, Financial Services, and Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture.
“I am enthusiastic about the committees I will serve on this session. Housing and economic justice are of major importance to my constituents in Somerville and Medford, and are critical to communities across Massachusetts,” said Rep. Barber. “I look forward to working on important proposals to help Massachusetts residents thrive and contribute to local economies, including affordable housing and zoning reforms, raising the minimum wage to $15, and ensuring paid family medical leave.”
A veteran to the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture committee, Rep. Barber will continue to review legislation related to climate change, clean air and waterways, support for local agriculture, and animal protection and safety. Barber will draw on her background in health care policy and advocacy in serving on the Financial Services committee, which focuses on legislation related to health insurance, coverage, and women’s health, among other issues under the purview of the Department of Insurance.
“With widespread uncertainty regarding the Affordable Care Act, as a member of the Joint Committee on Financial services, I look forward to playing a role in determining ways to maintain near-universal health coverage in Massachusetts,” added Rep. Barber.
Barber also serves as the House Vice Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators, the bi-cameral and bi-partisan organization comprised of the 52 women State Senators and State Representatives at the State House. Established in 1975, the Caucus of Women Legislators was formed to enhance the economic status and equality of women and to support women in all levels of government.