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Dear Neighbors,

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Medford, Somerville, Winchester and Cambridge as state senator.

This website is one of many ways I use to try to stay in touch.

Of course, you’re also welcome to call, email, or visit my staff and me at the State House, or make an appointment to get together in the district.

Latest News

Sep 4 2014 New Orange Line Stop Opens Amid Fanfare
Somerville Journal
    Applause filled the air and cameras snapped as an train barreled into the MBTA’s first new rapid transit station in a quarter century – the Orange Line station at Assembly Square in Somerville.     "Right on time,"...
Sep 4 2014 Home Care Workers Around the Country Demand Higher Wages
Home care workers joined fast food workers in a cross-country protest for better wages on September 4. In at least six major cities -- Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Seattle -- home care workers demonstrated alongside fast food employees to  demand a...
Jul 26 2014 Charter School Op Ed – Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington)
The Somerville News Weekly
Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates,...
Jul 8 2014 Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer's Acute Care Advisory Committee
Inside Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-...
Jul 7 2014 New state law to notify women of dense breast tissue, breast cancer risk
Boston Business Journal
Legislators said that a new law requiring doctors to notify women of dense breast tissue will save lives and likely won’t increase health care costs. The bill, signed by Gov. Deval Patrick in late June, would require the Department of Public Health to issue new...
Jul 1 2014 Sheriff Koutoujian, Senator Jehlen, Representative Vieira announce passage of legislation to foster greater continuity of care for the justice-involved
The Somerville News Weeekly
Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian, State Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and State Representative David Vieira (R- East Falmouth) today announced the passage of legislation designed to foster greater continuity of care for those involved with the criminal...
Jun 27 2014 Change proposed in inmates’ health coverage
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts is poised to join a dozen states that are reaping millions in federal dollars for prisoners’ health care and possibly also reducing the risk that released inmates will reoffend. All that is required is a change in state law governing the Medicaid...