Joanne M. Comerford

Senator Jo Comerford was elected to the Senate in 2018 to represent her hometown of Northampton, and 23 other cities and towns including Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Pelham, South Hadley, Bernardston, Colrain, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell, Whately and Royalston. She serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Covid-19 and Emergency Preparedness and Management and the Joint Committee on Public Health, as well as Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education.

Senator Comerford’s priorities include working for smart and equitable government spending and tax priorities, sound environmental policies, accessible and affordable health care, economic equality, food security, public transportation, and strong public schools. Prior to her election, Senator Comerford led a crisis intervention outreach team through the Center for Human Development, was director of the Western Massachusetts American Friends Service Committee, and director of programs at The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Most recently, she was a Campaign Director for MoveOn and immediately prior she led National Priorities Project as its executive director.

Senator Comerford and her wife have two children.