Christine P. Barber is proud to serve as State Representative for the 34th Middlesex District, which includes neighborhoods in Somerville and Medford. She was first elected in November 2014.
Now serving in her third term in office, Christine is Vice Chair of the Committee on Financial Services, and member of the Committee on Housing, the Committee on Health Care Financing, and the House Committee on Ways and Means.
Christine is also on the Board of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators and Co-Chair of the Justice-Involved Women Task Force, an arm of the Women’s Caucus that focuses on women in the criminal justice system and their families. She is a member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission, the Children’s Vision Commission, and the Early Education Workforce Commission.
Christine is a member of several caucuses, including the House Progressive Caucus and the Criminal Justice Caucus. She is on the Advisory Board of Emerge Massachusetts.
Before being elected State Representative, Christine was a health policy analyst for Community Catalyst, a national health advocacy organization started by Rob Restuccia, working on reforms to ensure access to quality, affordable health care, including passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Christine previously served as Research Analyst for the Committee on Health Care Financing, drafting legislation including Massachusetts’s landmark 2006 health care law, which has provided coverage to hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts’s residents.
The daughter of a public school teacher and manufacturing plant manager, Christine attended the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester. After graduating, Christine joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps as a community organizer working with low-income women and their families in the first days after federal welfare reform. Christine earned her Masters of Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Christine’s work in the state legislature is driven by her passion for social justice and commitment to supporting families. Her priorities include: protecting access to health care, supporting affordable, high-quality child care, expanding public transportation, creating more affordable housing and sustainable neighborhoods, and equality for women.
Christine lives in Somerville with her partner, Ryan, and their cat, Lily.