BOSTON – Representative Steve Ultrino (D-Malden) was sworn in for his second term as a State Representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives on January 4, 2017.
“It has been an incredible honor to serve my community as State Representative,” said Representative Ultrino. “In my first term, I was proud to advocate for Malden’s working-class families in the State House, and I look forward to continuing that work in the coming session.”
Last term, Representative Ultrino served on the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, the Joint Committee on Public Health, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. He was particularly active in connecting Malden seniors with state elder affairs services.
“Our seniors are the foundation of our community, and it is incumbent upon us to take care of them,” said Representative Ultrino. “Last session, we made progress at the state level by passing the CARE Act, increasing senior center funding, and by running several local programs about housing, transportation, and other concerns of interest to seniors. Over the next two years, I will work to build on this progress.”
Representative Ultrino gained attention early on in his first term for his strong support of working class families. He was the lead House sponsor of a bill to raise the minimum wage for certain low-wage workers to $15 an hour, and was an active co-sponsor on a successful bill that became the strongest pay equity bill in the nation. Representative Ultrino fought against privatization efforts that would harm the state’s aging public transportation system, and supported clean energy legislation that will slow the cost of electricity for families across Massachusetts.
Representative Ultrino will file new legislation for the 2017-2018 session in the coming weeks, in addition to refiling several bills from his first term. He emphasized that securing additional funding for Malden and continuing to fight for working people and their families would remain his legislative priorities.