About Representative Ehrlich
WELCOME! Lori is a resident of Marblehead, graduate of Swampscott High School, and daughter of Lynn. She is proud 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 journalism.
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, and she served as President of The Environmental Integrity Project in Washington, DC for its formative years.
Legislative success: A strong voice for those who are not able to lobby for themselves, Lori passed a law 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, her bill was signed into law in August, 2016. In addition, she is currently advocating for bills to increase our state protections against wildlife poaching, a state ban on the sale of ivory and rhino horns, and a ban on the use of large animals in circuses.
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.
After working for a decade to reform Massachusetts’ noncompete law, she is building on that success focusing on two high impact bills the reduce carbon emissions from transportation and the thermal energy sectors in Massachusetts.
Lori has recently been cartooned in the Boston Globe for her steadfast advocacy to make college campuses safer and out of concern for the future of our democracy Lori has filed a bill this session that will engage experts to discuss the future of local journalism.
On the heels of three invitations to the White House from President Obama because of her legislation, she has continued to innovate in the policy space while engaging advocates and the business community.
Lori has sponsored or co-sponsored hundreds of bills over the course of her legislative career. Please click on "legislative profile" button to see what she’s working on right now.