Congresswoman Katherine Clark is a force for change, determined legislator, and advocate for her constituents in Massachusetts’s Fifth Congressional District. Since her first election, Katherine has fought for women, children, and families, ensuring that the issues families talk about around their kitchen tables are on the table in Washington. Her leadership is recognized by her colleagues who elected Katherine as Assistant Speaker, making her the second-highest-ranking woman in leadership and Massachusetts’s highest-ever ranking woman in the House.
Every day, Katherine uses her position in leadership to fight for high quality, affordable child care, paid family leave, safer schools and expanded educational access for vulnerable students, access to health care for women, and ending wage discrimination.
Katherine believes in using the power of politics as a means of helping people — a guiding principle she has engaged at every level of government. Before her election to Congress, Katherine served as General Counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, Chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General, a member of the Melrose school committee, and in both the house and senate branches of the Massachusetts legislature.
Katherine won a special election to Congress to replace now-Senator Ed Markey in 2013. In the time Katherine has represented MA 5, she’s championed work on behalf of women, children, and families to deliver on national policy and bring federal resources home for her constituents.
Following the tragic shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Katherine partnered with civil rights icon John Lewis to lead the historic sit-in on the House Floor, calling on the then Republican-controlled body to allow votes on common sense gun safety measures. She has stridently opposed efforts to restrict women’s ability to access reproductive health care. Since the onset of COVID-19, Katherine has successfully sought relief for families struggling to access high quality, affordable child care, small businesses fighting to survive, and schools working to reopen while keeping their staff and students safe.
Katherine also regularly uses her position to support the election of Democrats with shared values, and reelection of colleagues across the country.