Barbara L'Italien has dedicated her decades-long career to providing a better life for all, starting with our most vulnerable. She is a mom, wife, State Senator, and former State Representative who has been a leader in the fights for equal marriage, health care access for all, quality public education for all children, better services and supports for seniors, health insurance coverage for people with Autism and other disabilities, and against the Kinder Morgan Pipeline.
Barbara served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2003-2011 where she represented six communities including Andover, Haverhill, and Methuen and was the vice chair of the Ways and Means committee. She has served in the Massachusetts Senate since 2015 and represents the residents of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury. She chairs the committees on Elder Affairs and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, and formerly chaired Municipalities and Regional Government. L’Italien has also served as an Andover School Committee member and as Director of Government Affairs under Treasurer Steve Grossman. Before her career in public service, L’Italien was a social work case manager at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley.
From standing up to stop the Kinder-Morgan pipeline to fighting on the front lines for equal marriage back in 2004, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. As a legislator, I’ve worked to increase healthcare access, preserve the social safety net, and grow the economy. These are priorities we need to protect and make progress on. I’m eager to join that fight.
There’s much more work to be done. I want to take my experiences and successes in Massachusetts to Congress to make sure we have a system that works for all of us: working families, young people, parents, grandparents–especially those who need extra support.
I grew up in this district and raised my family here. I’ve spent my time as a public servant listening to the needs of the people here and being their voice on Beacon Hill. I am eager to get to know the residents and communities of this district. Advocacy starts when you tell your story – I can’t wait to hear yours.
Barbara’s family first settled here in the early 1900s when her French-Canadian and Irish grandparents immigrated to Lawrence to work in the mills and build a better future for their family. Her Irish grandfather moved from Lowell to Lawrence and became the first Irish person to manage one of William M. Wood’s mills.
Raised in Andover with seven siblings, Barbara is the daughter of a schoolteacher from Methuen and an FBI agent from Lawrence. After graduating from Andover High School she worked full-time to put herself through college, graduating from Merrimack College with a degree in Political Science in 1984.
Barbara and her husband of 31 years, Kevin Hall, started their family in Haverhill. After seven years they moved to Andover where they continue to raise their four children: Rudy, Allie, Samantha, and Andrew.