Speaker: State Senator Cynthia Stone Creem.
Senator Cynthia Stone Creem has served in a public capacity as a member and President of the Newton Board of Alderman and a member of the Governor’s Council prior to becoming the State Senator representing the people of Newton, Brookline and parts of Wellesley. Currently Assistant Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, she places a high priority on issue areas such as: Criminal and Justice Reform issues; Health Care; Energy and Environment; Women’s Issues and Civil Rights.
As State Senator, Cindy has taken a leadership role in many high-profile issues, authoring a landmark law allowing stem-cell research, helping preserve equal marriage, proposing new laws to promote energy conservation, and successfully sponsoring legislation on food allergies. Senator Creem has also been a strong advocate for pension and ethics reform, and for transparency in government.
Senator Creem served as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Judiciary from 2009 – 2015, successfully reforming the Probation Department, modernizing alimony laws and criminal-history records, securing the right to DNA testing in criminal cases, and enacting sentencing reform to save money and reduce recidivism.
In addition to her legislative responsibilities, she is a partner in Stone, Stone and Creem, a family law firm, where she specializes in domestic relations. She has been active in the Mass Bar Association and is past president of the family law section. She and her husband Harvey live in Newton and enjoy spending free time with their two children and four grandchildren.
Senator Creem will be speaking on current and future legislative initiatives related to families.