Representative Lori A. Ehrlich is serving her sixth term as State Representative for the Eighth Essex District, of Marblehead, Swampscott, and Lynn. She holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Lehigh University and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Recently, the Kennedy School of Government Magazine published this profile piece about her unusual path to elected office.
Grounded in pragmatism, Lori has three decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, one of only two CPAs in the legislature.
Lori serves as the House Chairperson of The Joint Committee on Export Development where she has an eye on growth and expanding access to new markets for Massachusetts businesses. She was the author of major public safety legislation regarding natural gas leaks signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. In 2016, she amended a comprehensive energy bill with language requiring utilities to make repairs to gas pipes some of which have been leaking for decades. These tough new restrictions, supported with resolutions by over 30 municipalities, were signed into law by Governor Baker in August of 2016. Worcester Magazine featured her work in a cover story. She was also one of the authors of the state’s landmark anti-bullying law and received the Anti-Defamation League’s Good Citizenship Award for her work.
A strong voice for those who are not able to lobby for themselves, Lori filed a bill allowing law enforcement to step in when they see an animal in danger in a hot car and also disallows tethering of animals overnight. Working closely with the MSPCA and the Humane Society, that bill was signed into law in August, 2016.
She is the lead sponsor of several high profile bills regarding reform of the use of noncompetes in employment (which passed both chambers but in the final hours of the 2016 formal session was unable to clear conference committee), and a state ban on the sale of ivory and rhino horns. Each of these bills have received considerable statewide and national attention, including three invitations from President Obama to the White House and a meeting with former Vice President Joe Biden. In October 2016, the Obama Administration issued a State Call to Action on noncompete reform, encouraging other states to follow the path she created.
Prior to her election to the legislature in 2008, Lori founded two award-winning public health nonprofits and led the charge to clean up coal ash from the drinking water for 80,000 residents in Salem, Beverly and parts of Wenham. She earned the nickname “Mother Grizzly from Marblehead” in honor of her tireless advocacy for her community and the environment. Her experience has earned her widespread recognition at the state level, as well as invitations to testify before Congress in Washington, DC.
Please stop by her bill page for updates and resources to the bills she sponsoring in the Massachusetts legislature.