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 have gone on to confidently pursue their passions in biomedical science and politics.
EDUCATION: Lori received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Lehigh University, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
PROFESSIONAL: Lori has been a CPA for over three decades, running her own practice while counseling small and medium sized businesses. She is one of only two CPAs in the legislature.
LEADERSHIP: As part of MA Speaker of the House 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 to clean up coal ash from the 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: A strong voice for those who are not able to lobby for themselves, Lori filed a bill allowing law enforcement to step in when they see an animal in danger in a hot car and prohibits tethering of animals overnight. 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, and a state ban on the sale of ivory and rhino horns.
She was one of the 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. Her bill to reform non-competition agreements in employment contracts passed both chambers of the legislature, but could not make it out of conference committee deliberations before the legislative deadline passed. Each of these bills have received considerable statewide and national attention, including three invitations from President Obama to the White House and a meeting with Vice President Joe Biden. 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.
Lori has sponsored or co-sponsored hundreds of bills over the course of her legislative career. If you would like to see some of the bills she's working on this session please click on the red "legislative profile" button below.