Representative Denise Provost has served the City of Somerville in many capacities over more than thirty years. Prior to her election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2006, Rep. Provost served as Assistant City Solicitor, as an Alderman-at-large, ran a private law practice, and was an activist, and volunteer in many community organizations and the public schools. For the past 10 years, Rep. Provost has represented the 27th Middlesex District – 11 of Somerville’s 21 precincts – full time in the Massachusetts House. Currently, she serves on the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, the Joint Committee on Revenue, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, and the Joint Committee on State Regulation and Regulatory Oversight.
Rep. Provost has been a long-time advocate for the civil rights of all, and protection of the powerless and oppressed. As a legislator, she has worked for improved public health; clean energy and environment; quality health care for all; criminal justice reform, and equal rights for sexual minorities (including marriage equality and full legal equality for transgender people). Rep. Provost also speaks up for the rights of people with disabilities, youth, immigrants, and the homeless; she is the House Co-chair of the Disabilities Caucus, and on the Executive Committee of the Progressive Caucus in the House.
Rep. Provost combines common sense and caring with her broad experience in law and municipal government. She has championed improved public transportation for decades, promoting the Green Line Extension (GLX) before it even became part of the state’s transportation plans. She has articulated a vision of keeping Somerville’s economic development in balance with the needs of its residents and neighborhoods. She advocates tirelessly for Somerville and all of its people, its public realm, and its open space.
Rep. Provost has deep roots in the community. She and her husband have raised their children here, sending them to the Somerville public schools, and seeing them both graduate from Somerville High School. Rep. Provost has devoted her entire adult life to helping Somerville become the best city it can be while working to protect residents from being displaced by Somerville’s increasing desirability.