Surrounded by family, friends and supporters, Katherine Clark was sworn in today as the newest member of the Massachusetts Congressional Delegation.
In her remarks from the floor of the house, Clark echoed her commitment to stand with the middle class families of the district. “The Massachusetts Fifth, from Revere to Cambridge, Waltham to Framingham, is home to some of this country’s and the world’s most respected universities and innovative companies. We are deeply proud of these incredible institutions. But what defines the Fifth District is its families,” said Clark.
Congresswoman Clark went on to say, “As I talked with families around their kitchen tables, I found they are just like mine, and I’m sure, just like yours. We are teachers, small business owners, CEOs and machinists. We work in stockrooms and board rooms. We are recent immigrants and descendants from early American settlers. We are of all political ideologies, and yes, deep in the heart of Red Sox Nation, we even have a few Yankees fans.”
As is the custom in the Capitol, newly sworn in Rep. Clark was introduced to the House by the dean of the Massachusetts Delegation Congressman Richard Neal. Sen. Ed Markey, whose former seat she now occupies, also joined her in the chamber.
“Senator Markey, you set a standard of excellence during your time in the House,” Clark said. “I look forward to carrying on your work for the people of our district and partnering with you and the entire Massachusetts delegation to move Massachusetts and our country forward.”
Congresswoman Clark will now serve out the remainder of the term through 2014. She officially resigned her Massachusetts State Senate effective December 12, 2013. She lives in Melrose, MA with her husband Rodney Dowell and their three children Addison, Jared and Nathaniel. She is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell Law and Harvard University.
- Information from the Katherine Clark for Congress campaign