Representative Lori Ehrlich


October 12, 2017: House passes ban on bump stocks after Las Vegas massacre


BOSTON — This week the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed a ban on “bump stocks”, the gun modification device central to the Las Vegas massacre. The amendment, sponsored by State Representative David Linsky (D-Natick), bans the sale, purchase, or ownership of a bump stock for a gun. According to police and media reports, the Las Vegas gunman who killed 58 people and wounded more than 500 in the worst shooting in modern American history had twelve firearms equipped with bump stocks.

The bump stocks ban amendment, which passed in the House of Representatives by a margin of 151-3, earned praise from 8th Essex State Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead).

“Bump stocks, implicated in the Las Vegas massacre last week, circumvent our laws against automatic weapons by increasing a semi-automatic weapon’s rate of fire from 45-60 rounds per minute to between 400-800,” Ehrlich said. “There is no justification for that amount of firepower, and I am proud that I and my colleagues voted to ban these instruments that are better suited for the battlefield, not our neighborhoods.”

June 19, 2017: Lynn Nadeau of Marblehead named as a 2017 Unsung Heroine by The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women


BOSTON, MA — The Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women has released its list of Unsung Heroines for 2017, which this year includes Marblehead’s Lynn Nadeau. Nadeau, recommended to the Commission by Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead), was recognized for her longstanding commitment to protecting the environment via political and civic activism.

Ms. Nadeau will be honored on Wednesday, June 21 at the Great Hall of the State House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. with other Unsung Heroines from across Massachusetts for her passion and courage in making positive change through organizing as a local in her own community and around the world.

“I’m always proud to nominate these great women who contribute so much to Massachusetts, and Lynn Nadeau is that and so much more,” Ehrlich said. “I have known Lynn for many years now, and have been honored to work alongside her and learn from her as one of our community’s great pillars. She has been a mentor of mine, whom I admire greatly, so I am very glad to have the opportunity to honor her in this way.”

June 6, 2017: Export Development Committee welcomes eighth UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon to State House


BOSTON, MA — The 8th Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon visited the State House today to discuss international trade and engagement with the new Joint Committee on Export Development, which aims to develop partnerships between the Commonwealth and other nations and promote Massachusetts as a global economic leader.

A career diplomat and public servant, Ban served as Secretary General of the United Nations from 2007-2016.   Highlights of his tenure include the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change, advancing the Millennium Development Goals, and building diverse coalitions to address global challenges.  He has local roots as well, having graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Master’s in Public Administration in 1984 and currently serving as Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. 

Topics at the joint committee’s luncheon with Mr. Ban included climate change, the global economy and international development. Mr. Ban was also recognized on the floor of the House of Representatives by Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop).  Export Development House Chair Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead) and Senate Chair Eileen Donoghue (D-Lowell) were proud to welcome the former secretary general to the legislature and the State House.