Congresswoman Katherine Clark has been a force for change, effective legislator, and tireless advocate for her constituents in Massachusetts’s Fifth Congressional District. In the relatively short time since her election in 2013, she has quickly risen through the ranks, earning a slot on the powerful Appropriations Committee and being chosen by her colleagues to serve as the Vice Chair of the Democratic Caucus – making her the second highest ranking woman in Congress.
Every day, Clark uses her position in leadership to help families succeed, including efforts to tackle the opioid crisis, expand educational access for vulnerable students, strengthen health care programs for women, and improve the quality of child care and early learning programs.
On the House Appropriations Committee, Katherine fights for Massachusetts families by focusing on good jobs, securing a living wage and paid leave, making college affordable, investing in infrastructure, and supporting renewable energy.
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. Katherine has also emerged as a national leader in the fight against online abuse, urging the Department of Justice to step up investigations of online threats and cyberstalking.
Prior to her election to Congress, Katherine served as Massachusetts state senator, state representative, and school committee member. Katherine’s career also includes service as general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General and prosecutor. Katherine is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell University School of Law, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.