About Representative Ehrlich
WELCOME! Lori is a resident of Marblehead, graduate of Swampscott High School, and daughter of Lynn. She could not be prouder to represent the community that raised her. She and her husband Bruce have two daughters who both attended Marblehead Public Schools and went on to pursue their passions in biomedical science and journalism.
EDUCATION: Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lehigh University, and Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
PROFESSIONAL: Lori has been a CPA for over three decades, first working for a regional accounting firm then running her own practice focused on taxation and counseling small and medium sized businesses. She is one of only two CPAs in the legislature.
LEADERSHIP: As part of Speaker Robert DeLeo's leadership team, she currently serves as the House Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Export Development, where she has an eye on growing Massachusetts’ trade and expanding access to new markets for Massachusetts businesses.
VOLUNTEER COMMUNITY ACTIVISM: Prior to her election to the legislature in 2008, Lori founded two award-winning grassroots public health nonprofits and led the charge for a six-year multi-million dollar clean up several feet of coal ash from the base of Wenham Lake, drinking water for 80,000 residents in Salem, Beverly and parts of Wenham.
She earned the nickname “Mother Grizzly from Marblehead” in honor of her tireless advocacy for her community and the environment. Her experience has earned her widespread recognition at the state level, as well as invitations to testify before Congress in Washington, DC. See Sooty Footprints.
Legislative success: Lori has sponsored or co-sponsored hundreds of bills over the course of her legislative career.
A strong voice for those who are not able to lobby for themselves, Lori’s bill allowing law enforcement to step in when they see an animal in danger in a hot car and prohibits tethering of animals overnight was passed into law. Working closely with the MSPCA and the Humane Society, that bill was signed into law in August, 2016. In addition, she is currently advocating for bills to increase our state protections against wildlife poaching, ban the use of large animals in traveling circuses, and ban on the sale of ivory and rhino horns in Massachusetts. She also recently led the charge for passage of a Good Samaritan law providing amnesty for underage alcohol consumption if emergency assistance needed.
Through tenacity and perseverance, Lori led the charge to passage of two bills into law in 2014 and 2016 dealing with life-threatening gas leaks in the infrastructure that carries gas to our homes and businesses. Not only is this a public safety hazard, as was recently made clear in the Merrimack Valley, but it kills trees, costs consumers millions annually, and heats up the planet. Her successful bills passed into law required gas companies to be more transparent and proactive in repairing and replacing leaky old gas lines.
She was one of the original authors of the state’s landmark anti-bullying law and received the Anti-Defamation League’s Good Citizenship Award for her work.
She is the lead sponsor of several high profile bills, including one to require anonymous sexual assault climate surveys on college campuses statewide. Her decade of work reforming noncompete employment agreements passed last session thus allowing employees the freedom of workforce mobility as well as spurring innovation, a major driver of our state’s economy. As a result of her work on these topics and filing innovative gun safety bills she received three invitations to the White House from President Barack Obama and met with Vice President Joe Biden to discuss what states can do about gun violence. In October 2016, the Obama Administration issued a State Call to Action on non-compete reform, encouraging other states to follow the path she created.