Lori is serving her fourth term as the Democratic State Representative of the 8th Essex District. She holds a BS in Accounting from Lehigh University and her professional career as a Certified Public Accountant has spanned two-and-a-half decades working for a large regional New England firm and managing her own practice. She also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. While at Harvard, she was the Founder and President of the Kennedy School of Government's Energy Caucus and drew inspiration and campaign skills in Harvard's Women in Public Policy's program From Harvard Square to the Oval Office.
In the legislature, Lori proudly serves as the Vice Chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Labor & Workforce Development and as a member of the House Ways & Means Committee. In addition, she is also a member of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets. Additionally, Lori worked with advocates in drafting and then championed the landmark Massachusetts anti-bullying law and received the Anti-Defamation League’s Good Citizenship Award for her work.
Recent News: The Salem Harbor Power Plant will close June 1, 2014
It was a hot summer day in 1997 when I spotted my daughters’ sooty little footprints on the white tiles of the kitchen floor. When they didn’t clean up easily, I began to wonder what was being tracked in from the deck on my daughters’ feet. The coal-and-oil-burning Salem Harbor Power Plant, which has loomed large on my horizon throughout my life, suddenly came into sharp focus.
After I called the plant, an insurance adjuster hired by the plant owner arrived at my home to take samples. A month later, a letter arrived indicating that the soot on my floor, deck and children could be from the plant, and as part of their “good neighbor policy” they were willing to power wash my deck if I released them from liability. I stood at my mailbox, letter in hand, and I realized the plant owners had missed my point. I wasn’t concerned about my deck as they assumed. Who was going to power wash our lungs?
The "good neighbor policy" has been in force for decades; cleaning drapes, cars, and boats, but the toll it was taking on our health could not be washed away. In 2001, The Harvard School of Public Health specified numbers of premature deaths, asthma attacks and illness in the thousands. For that reason alone, I'm proud and delighted to say:
The Salem Harbor Power Plant is going to shutdown on June 1, 2014.
Please take a few minutes to watch a brief two-part documentary made in 2012 that chronicles the history and public health impacts for the region from hosting a coal-burning power plant for over 60 years and the possibilities for the future.