About Sonia Chang-Díaz
Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts State Senate. She is serving her fifth term on behalf of the Second Suffolk District, which is comprised of all or part of the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End.
Senator Chang-Díaz is a thoughtful, honest, and tenacious champion for the voiceless. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Sen. Chang-Díaz has helped pass reforms to the state's CORI system, curtailed the misuse of special education dollars, been instrumental in the passage of civil rights protections for transgender Bay Staters, re-written our state laws on school discipline, expanded voting rights, and successfully defended millions of dollars in funding for youth development. Additionally, she has been a voice for those affected by housing displacement, for immigrants, and for strong stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
Senator Chang-Díaz serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary, and as Assistant Vice Chair of Senate Ways & Means. She also serves as a member of the Joint Committees on Community Development and Small Businesses; Economic Development and Emerging Technologies; Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development; and Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Prior to attaining elected office, Senator Chang-Díaz served as a public school teacher in the Lynn and Boston school systems, where she learned first-hand the challenges facing our public school students, teachers, and parents and the role our state government can play in improving our educational system. Senator Chang-Díaz also previously worked as a legislative aide in the Senate, as a key political adviser at the Barbara Lee Family Office, and as the Director of Outreach at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a non-partisan fiscal policy think tank.
Senator Chang-Díaz was raised on the idea that leadership, at its heart, is about service. It is a value deeply rooted in her family’s long tradition of public service. Chang-Díaz's mother raised her and her sister while dedicating her career to those most forgotten in our society: from adults with mental illness, to at-risk toddlers and infants in Dorchester. Her father, an immigrant to the United States from Costa Rica, was our country’s first Latin American astronaut. Senator Chang-Díaz lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children, and is a parishioner at St. Mary of the Angels church in Roxbury.
Second Suffolk District
The Second Suffolk District is comprised of all or part of the Boston neighborhoods of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Mission Hill, Roslindale, Roxbury, and the South End. Feel free to use the map to explore our district and neighborhoods of interest.
I take seriously my role not only as a legislator, but also as a community leader and an access-point for residents contacting their government. I make it my business to make sure my constituents' needs are met every single day, and to be walking, talking, working, and breaking bread in the Second Suffolk neighborhoods every week.