Rep. Jay Livingstone, a Boston legislator running to fill Senator Anthony Petruccelli’s vacated senate seat, has been endorsed by the Environmental League of Massachusetts and Massachusetts Voters for Animals. This announcement follows recent endorsements from a large group of unions representing thousands of voters throughout the district.
Livingstone said, “I am honored to have earned the endorsement of these two great organizations. As State Representative, I have worked closely with both groups on issues that matter to residents of Boston, Cambridge, Revere, and Winthrop. From encouraging sustainability to tackling global climate change and mitigating sea level rise, I am proud of my record, and I will continue to be a strong advocate for the environment as State Senator.”
Last week, Livingstone’s campaign was bolstered by the endorsements of AFSCME Council 93, 1199SEIU, SEIU Local 509, SEIU Local 888, and the Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists. Livingstone was previously been endorsed by elected leaders across the district, including Cambridge Mayor Denise Simmons, Boston City Councilor Josh Zakim, Winthrop Town Councilor Rich Boyajian, former Revere City Councilor John Correggio, and Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan. He has also been endorsed by the entire nine-member Cambridge City Council.
Livingstone currently represents the 8th Suffolk District, which includes parts of Boston and Cambridge, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Livingstone grew up in a working family in North Attleboro, MA and worked as a union member at a cardboard box factory while attending college. He put himself through law school and later served as an Assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. Since serving in the legislature, Livingstone has established a proven record of success. At the statewide level, he has secured more funding for early education and drug treatment and has worked to advance gun safety.
Livingstone has also been an effective advocate for workers, helping to pass increases in the minimum wage and a Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights. In the current legislative session, he has filed an Equal Pay Bill to address the gender wage gap in Massachusetts, and a Healthy Kids Bill that aims to take a comprehensive approach to ensure that children in the state are housed, well-fed, healthy—and thus equipped to succeed in school. Livingstone is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and George Washington School of Law. Livingstone and his wife Julie live in Boston with their newborn son, Henry.