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 legislature, her knowledge and experience are in demand. The Harvard Kennedy School Magazine recently published this profile piece about her path to elected office.
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. 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.
This session, Speaker Robert DeLeo appointed Rep. Ehrlich to the MA Treasurer's Task Force on Financial Literacy where she serves on the Higher Education subcommittee. She is the lead sponsor on several high profile bills regarding reform of the use of noncompetes in employment, a state ban on the sale of ivory & rhino horns, keeping guns out of the hands of those on the Federal Terrorist Watchlist, and a requirement that gas companies repair tens of thousands of leaks in our state's infrastructure.
Prior to her election to the legislature in 2008, Rep. Ehrlich 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.
Rep. Ehrlich resides in Marblehead with her husband and two daughters.