Sonia Chang-Díaz is the first Latina and Asian-American elected to the Massachusetts State Senate — and she’s spent her career fighting for people whose voices usually aren’t heard on Beacon Hill.
Sonia’s family instilled in her the values of justice and equity, and taught her the importance of taking action.
Her mom was a social worker who helped women and children on the margins of society. Her dad came to America with $50 in his pocket — but with the help of teachers, lunch ladies, and librarians along the way, he became NASA’s first Latino astronaut.
From a young age, Sonia's family taught her there’s no time to waste in doing good. And when she was elected, Sonia wasted no time leading a movement to win bold, transformational change for working families.
Sonia wrote, championed, and won landmark education funding reforms to provide $1.5 billion in new aid to K-12 districts across the state. She led the charge for criminal justice reform and repealing racist sentencing rules, when Gov. Baker and Beacon Hill insiders were ready to look the other way.
She also sponsored and won multiple protections for trans Bay Staters, negotiated a nation-leading police reform law, won increased assistance for small and local entrepreneurs, capped fare increases for public transportation, helped pass reforms to the state's CORI system, advanced environmental justice reforms, curtailed the misuse of special education dollars, expanded voting rights, and successfully defended millions of dollars in funding for youth development.
She’s also been a leading champion for fair taxation, affordable housing, reliable and green public transportation, and protections for immigrants.
Prior to elected office, Sonia 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.
Sonia lives in Jamaica Plain with her husband and two children.