Ann-Margaret Ferrante

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Ann-Margaret Ferrante
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 5th Essex District
Assumed office
2009
Preceded byAnthony Verga
Personal details
Born (1972-06-26) June 26, 1972 (age 46)
Gloucester, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic Party
ResidenceGloucester, Massachusetts
Alma materTufts University,

Suffolk University Law School,

Harvard University
OccupationAttorney Legislator
WebsiteOfficial Website

Ann-Margaret Ferrante (born June 26, 1972) is an American legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 5th Essex district, which consists of Gloucester, Rockport, and Essex. A member of the Democratic Party, she was first elected in 2008 after defeating incumbent representative Anthony Verga in the Democratic primary. Currently, she is the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and serves on the House Committee on Rules.[1] She is also co-chair of the Tech-Hub Caucus, which focuses on fostering growth of Massachusetts’ high-tech businesses and startups.[2]

A graduate of Tufts University with a major in Economics & International Relations, she furthered her education at Suffolk Law School. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Gloucester and Rockport, specializing in fisheries issues. She has served on numerous boards and commissions in the community, including Cape Ann Commercial Fisherman’s Loan Fund, Sawyer Free Library, and as an incorporator with Cape Ann Savings Bank.[3]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Ann-Margaret Ferrante was born on June 26, 1972 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her mother was a librarian in the local high school, and her father became a fisherman in Gloucester after immigrating from Sicily. She graduated from Gloucester High School and when on to study Economics and International Relations at Tufts University in Boston.[4]

After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from Tufts University, Ferrante went to work as the Legislative Aide for State Representative Bruce Tarr. In 1996 she left her position with Representative Tarr in order to pursue a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.[5] Ferrante was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1999. Shortly after graduating from Suffolk Law, Ferrante started her own law firm in Gloucester, where she focused on land use and fishing issues. She also served as counsel for the Northeast Seafood Coalition, where she began working to reform the regulatory practices affecting commercial fisherman.[6] Ferrante holds a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

Elections[edit]

2008

Ferrante first ran for State Representative in 2008, challenging incumbent Democrat Anthony Verga on a platform of promoting Gloucester's port as a state asset, advocating sustainable regulations for the fishing industry, encouraging research and investment in education and workforce training, as well as many other issues affecting residents of the 5th Essex District.[7] She received 46.9% of the vote in the Democratic primary, compared to Verga's 39.8%, with Gloucester attorney Astrid AfKlinteberg taking 13.3% of vote.[8]

In the general election, Verga mounted a write-in campaign to retain his seat, but was defeated by Ferrante by a large margin.[9]

2010

In 2010, Ferrante defeated Gloucester business consultant Janet Holmes, a Republican, to win a second term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives with 7,485 votes to Holmes' 4,078.[10]

2012

Ferrante ran unopposed in 2012 and was re-elected to a third term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

2014

In 2014, Ferrante defeated former Rockport selectman and financial adviser Michael Boucher, a Republican, to win a fourth term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives with 6,490 votes against Boucher's 4,279.[11]

2016

Ferrante ran unopposed in 2016 and was re-elected to a fifth term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

2018

In 2018, Ferrante defeated Rockport Department of Public Works Commissioner and retired management consultant James Gardner,[12] an independent, to win a sixth term in the Massachusetts House of Representatives with 13,551 votes against Gardner's 5,422.[13]

Tenure[edit]

Ferrante is currently the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and serves on the House Committee on Rules.[14] She is also co-chair of the Tech-Hub Caucus.[15] During her time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Ferrante has served on a number of committees, including as a member of the Committee on Ways and Means. She has served as the First Division Chair of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, House Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, House Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture, and House Vice Chair for the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Massachusetts Legislature profile. Retrieved Mar. 9, 2019.
  2. ^ Official Website. Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  3. ^ Official Website. Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Ferrante, Ann-Margaret (Feb. 27, 2008). "Campaign announcement speech by Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Feb. 27, 2008". Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Vote Smart. Ann-Margaret Ferrante's Biography. Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ferrante the choice for House seat — and district's future". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Lamont, Ray (Sep 8, 2008). "In their own words". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 18, 2017.
  8. ^ Gaines, Richard (Sep. 17, 2008). "Ferrante's First". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 18, 2017.
  9. ^ Gaines, Richard (Nov. 5, 2008). "Verga mounts an 11th-hour write-in effort". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 18, 2017.
  10. ^ Gaines, Richard (Nov. 2, 2010). "Ferrante rolls to House win". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 18, 2017.
  11. ^ MacNeill, Arianna (Nov. 5, 2014). "Ferrante savors sweep, prepares to go forward". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Feb. 18, 2017.
  12. ^ Lamont, Ray (Oct. 3, 2014). "Rockporter challenging Ferrante for state rep seat". Gloucester Daily Times. Retrieved Nov. 7, 2018
  13. ^ AP 2018 Election Results Retrieved Nov. 7, 2018
  14. ^ Massachusetts Legislature profile. Retrieved Mar. 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Official Website. Retrieved Feb. 21, 2017.
  16. ^ Massachusetts Legislature profile Retrieved Mar. 9 2019.