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Dear Neighbors,

I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve the people of Medford, Somerville, Winchester and Cambridge as state senator.

This website is one of many ways I use to try to stay in touch.

Of course, you’re also welcome to call, email, or visit my staff and me at the State House, or make an appointment to get together in the district.

Latest News

Oct 6 2014 No program for inmates at life’s end
Boston Globe
James Flowers has spent nearly 50 years in prison for murdering a Springfield liquor store clerk. But these days, he spends most of his time in a hospital bed, immobile, mute, and suffering from end-stage dementia. At least one doctor has said the 72-year-old has only...
Sep 21 2014 Senator Jehlen Appointed to Foundation Budget Review Commission
Inside Medford
Senate President Therese Murray has appointed Senator Patricia Jehlen to the Foundation Budget Review Commission. The Commission will consider what our schools need in order to help all children get a quality education, and how the state can meet those needs. “As...
Sep 4 2014 New Orange Line Stop Opens Amid Fanfare
Somerville Journal
    Applause filled the air and cameras snapped as an train barreled into the MBTA’s first new rapid transit station in a quarter century – the Orange Line station at Assembly Square in Somerville.     "Right on time,"...
Sep 4 2014 Home Care Workers Around the Country Demand Higher Wages
Home care workers joined fast food workers in a cross-country protest for better wages on September 4. In at least six major cities -- Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, and Seattle -- home care workers demonstrated alongside fast food employees to  demand a...
Aug 27 2014 Governor Patrick Signs Home Rule Petition To Increase Somerville's Residential Tax Exemption To 35%
City of Somerville
SOMERVILLE - It's official. Homeowners who live in their Somerville property will now receive the highest property tax exemption in the state after Governor Deval Patrick signed new legislation this week that had previously been approved by the Somerville Board of Aldermen...
Jul 26 2014 Charter School Op Ed – Senator Patricia Jehlen (D- Somerville) and Senator Ken Donnelly (D- Arlington)
The Somerville News Weekly
Last week, the senate voted to defeat a bill that proposed to raise the current cap on charter schools in 29 districts. Beginning in 2017 the cap would rise from 18% to 23% of those school districts’ spending. Before the vote, we heard from parents, advocates,...
Jul 8 2014 Sen. Jehlen Announces Alzheimer's Acute Care Advisory Committee
Inside Medford
Senator Patricia Jehlen announces that the Massachusetts Senate has passed An Act Relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias Acute Care Advisory Committee. This legislation creates an Advisory Committee to craft a strategy to address dementia-...