I was born into a working class family. We lived in a two-family home at a time of high unemployment. I watched my father work swing shifts at a local factory and my mother work in a medical office before coming home to care for my sister and me. At a very early age, I learned the value of hard work.
While in school, I got seasonal work as a laborer on area farms. As I grew older, I drove a truck delivering newspapers to area stores and news carriers. I later worked fixing streets and cleaning culverts. I learned firsthand what it was like to stand in an unemployment line and to knock on door after door looking for a job. While working full time, I furthered my education at night and on weekends and I eventually earned a Masters Degree from Suffolk University.
That's why, as your State Senator, I haven’t been shy about standing up for hard working men and women. I fought for funding to help train our work force and for incentives to create new jobs.
Today, I am fighting for jobs to put people back to work and to stimulate the private sector economy. I am fighting to improve our schools, extend commuter rail, develop renewable energy initiatives, and much more. As State Senator, I have never stopped fighting for the people of our region, and I hope that this fall you will give me the opportunity to continue fighting for all of us.