About Katherine

Katherine Clark is honored to represent the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. Katherine succeeded Senator Ed Markey in a special election on December 10, 2013.

Katherine Clark headshot

Katherine is committed to fighting for the issues that can make a real difference for middle class families – good jobs, a living wage and paid leave, excellent schools for our kids, gun safety, and keeping our promises to our seniors and veterans.

Katherine’s first official act in Congress was to co-sponsor the Paycheck Fairness Act. Women still earn 77 cents to every dollar a man makes. She believes this is about common sense and fairness and knows how this issue impacts families of Massachusetts. When women earn less, it makes it harder for families to thrive.

In Congress, Katherine has sponsored legislation to improve the quality of infant and toddler child care, set national standards for treating babies born addicted to opiates, and empower victims of domestic violence to escape abusive situations.

Prior to her election to Congress, Katherine served as the Massachusetts a state senator, state representative and school committee member. Katherine’s career also includes service as general counsel for the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, chief of the Policy Division for the Massachusetts Attorney General and prosecutor. Katherine is a graduate of St. Lawrence University, Cornell University School of Law, and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Katherine serves on the Advisory Council for the Department of Early Education and Care and the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy Advisory Board at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Katherine and her husband Rodney are raising their three sons Addison, Jared and Nathaniel in Melrose.