Linda Dorcena Forry
|Linda Dorcena Forry|
|Forry (center) on a panel in 2011.|
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the 1st Suffolk district
June 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Jack Hart|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 12th Suffolk district
2005 - June 14, 2013
|Preceded by||Tom Finneran|
|Succeeded by||Dan Cullinane|
|Alma mater||Boston College|
Linda Dorcena Forry (born 1973) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts Senate, representing the 1st Suffolk district since June 2013. She previously represented the 12th Suffolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives after winning a special election in April 2005. Haitian American, Forry, is the former House Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business.
Forry was born and raised in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston. She attended St. Kevin Grammar School and Monsignor Ryan Memorial High School in Dorchester before matriculating to Boston College. She graduated from BC's Carroll School of Management in 1997. Forry received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government in 2014.
After graduating from Boston College, Forry was a Legislative Assistant, working for then-State Representative Charlotte Golar Richie (Fifth Suffolk District serving Roxbury and Dorchester). When she left the State House in 1999 to work for the executive staff at the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development, she had risen to the position of Acting Chief of Staff.
From 2005 to 2013, Forry represented the Commonwealth’s 12th Suffolk House district, a cross-section that includes parts of the town of Milton and the city of Boston, including Dorchester, Hyde Park and Mattapan. In 2009, Forry served as Chair of the Black and Latino Caucus. That same year, she was appointed Chairman of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses.
Forry won the Democratic nomination in the April 2013 special primary election to succeed state Senator Jack Hart in the First Suffolk Senate district, defeating Rep. Nick Collins. She defeated Republican Joseph A. Ureneck in the final election on May 28 and was sworn in on June 14, 2013.
Forry is married to Bill Forry, managing editor of the Reporter Newspapers in Boston. The couple live in Lower Mills, Dorchester and have four children: John, Conor, Madeline and Norah. Three of her children have been born during her tenure in the House of Representatives.
- Manly, Howard (2013-05-02) "Key legislators endorse Forry", Bay State Banner. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- Charlotin, Manolia (2011-03-15) "Life in a Whirlwind: Rep. Linda Dorcena Forry juggles official duties, motherhood", Boston Haitian Reporter.
- Walker, Adrian (2013-05-01) Nick Collins concedes to Linda Dorcena Forry in First Suffolk District Senate race. Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-05-01.
- Lowery, Wesley (2013-05-01) "Forry victory highlights South Boston’s shifting political scene", Boston Globe. Retrieved 2013-05-02.
- Massachusetts General Court - State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry official MA Senate website
- Linda Dorcena Forry for State Senate campaign web site
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (MA) profile
- Follow the Money - Linda Dorcena Forry
- 2006 campaign contributions
- Constituent Website - Representative Linda Dorcena Forry (MA)