A champion for Massachusetts working families
Lori Trahan is an experienced leader who ran for Congress to continue her fight for Merrimack Valley working families. She was born and raised in Lowell, the town where her Portuguese and Brazilian grandparents immigrated to seeking economic opportunity. Her father was a union organizer and ironworker until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and her mother worked various jobs while raising Lori and her three sisters. Lori started working at 11, delivering newspapers and later answering phones at an insurance agency and serving breakfast at a local diner to help her family make ends meet. A dedicated public school student and athlete, she won a volleyball scholarship to Georgetown University. Lori went on to work for the congressman who represented her community and rose to become his chief of staff, tackling issues like campaign finance reform and LGBTQ rights. After ten years of public service she became an executive at a Massachusetts tech startup and then joined a business consulting firm with two other women to help companies prepare the next generation of leaders to build a diverse workforce and meet the challenges of our changing economy. Lori lives in Westford with her two young daughters and her husband Dave, a homebuilder, and their family includes Dave’s three grown sons. When elected, she will give Merrimack Valley working families a powerful new voice in Congress.
A business leader fighting to expand economic opportunity
Lori ran to expand economic opportunity for all Massachusetts families and to help create good-paying jobs. She grew up in a family that lived paycheck to paycheck, and she knows firsthand how economic anxiety affects families and communities. Lori will be a fierce advocate for policies that give all hardworking Massachusetts families the opportunity to thrive. Lori has extensive experience as a business leader and public servant, and she has what it takes to lead from day one in Congress. At a time when Republicans are desperate to undo the progress we’ve worked so hard to make, Lori fights back and works tirelessly to expand access to quality affordable health care. She believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and she is a pro-choice champion. Lori fiercely defends the rights of all women. “When women succeed, the world is simply a better place,” she has said.
A hard-fought win in an open seat
Lori ran a successful grassroots campaign for the open seat vacated by retiring Democratic Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. Massachusetts has a large Portuguese American community, but no New England state had ever elected a Portuguese American woman to Congress until Lori became the first with her victory. The EMILY’s List community is proud to stand with this champion for Massachusetts working families.