Representative Gloria Fox (D-MA)

Women In Government Involvement:

Representative Fox recently attended WIG's Third Annual Healthcare Summit.

Legislative Activity and Profile:

As a State Representative, I have faithfully served the people of the seventh Suffolk District for over 27 years. My work has always been guided by the input of the residents from my District. Throughout my adult life, I have advocated for the concerns of children and families and for human, social, and economic development issues brought forth by those constituents who need to be heard. My memberships and affiliations therefore follow this path, as do the pieces of legislation I put forth every year.

I currently sit as the Dean of Women for the House of Representatives, Vice Chair of the Committee on Housing, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, along with the House Committee on Health Care Financing. I also hold one of the At-Large Leadership positions for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL). I remain actively involved in my community through the MIT Community Fellows Program Alumnae Association, and a variety of different boards. The opportunities that these positions give me are imperative to my goal in better serving the people of my District.

My commitment to issues dealing with health disparities and youth and the foster care system has driven me to file pieces of legislation on these topics that will aid the Commonwealth. In the previous 2011-2012 Legislative Session, I filed a multitude of proposals in order to meet the need of the community. Some of these pieces of legislation include Folic Acid Awareness for Young Girls and Women, a Mandatory Minimum Period of Exercise in K-12 Education Facilities, and an Act to Establish a Lupus Erythematosus Study and Registry. I will continue to file bills like these while providing additional funding in the state budget for Youth Summer Jobs programs, HIV/AIDS prevention and education programs, Community Health Centers, and a sundry of other programs.

I have always been a community activist and committed to inclusionary politics and will continue to do so. As a result, I have received an array of awards and recognitions. These include the National Caucus of Black Legislators Lifetime Achievement Award, the Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Service and Dedication from the Benjamin Healthcare Center, the Extreme Esteem Award for my work with women, and the Exceptional Leader Award among others. Yet these awards would have not been possible had it not been for the input from the residents of my District. The series of challenges that we continue to face together will provide our children with a better chance at gaining a valuable education, allowing our families affordable housing, accessible and healthy transportation services, closing the gap on health care disparities, securing stable jobs, a clean environment and, most importantly, a safe living environment for all of our citizens both young and old. In the words of Marion Anderson, I will continue to accomplish what is necessary for the seventh Suffolk District: “If you have a purpose in which you can believe, there’s no end to the amount of things you can accomplish.