Representative Lori A. Ehrlich is serving her fifth term as the State Representative for the Eighth Essex District, representing Marblehead, Swampscott, and Lynn. Rep. Ehrlich holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Lehigh University and an M.P.A. from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Rep. Ehrlich has three decades of experience as a Certified Public Accountant, working for a large regional New England firm as well as managing her own practice. As a CPA, she has operated her own small business and advised many others. As one of only two CPAs in the House of Representatives, she brings this valuable perspective to the many important issues the Legislature faces.
Rep. Ehrlich serves as Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, following two terms as Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. She was the author of major public safety legislation regarding natural gas leaks signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2014. The new law requires careful monitoring and uniform grading of all gas leaks, and timely repair of hazardous leaks. 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.
Prior to her election to the legislature in 2008, Rep. Ehrlich founded two award-winning public health nonprofits and led the charge (link to Wenham story) 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.
A 1981 graduate of Swampscott High School, Rep. Ehrlich resides in Marblehead with her husband, two daughters, two dogs and a guinea pig named Petunia.
December 13, 2014, the main stack of the Salem Power Plant is demolished. Rep. Lori Ehrlich has spent the better part of the past two decades fighting for the public health of her community and is proud to see this day finally arrive.