Katherine Clark

Born:July 17, 1963 (age 60)
Career:U.S. House of Representatives, 2013-present
Massachusetts state Senate, 2011-2013
Massachusetts state House of Representatives, 2008-2011
Education:St. Lawrence University
Cornell Law School
Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Katherine Clark represents the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. She was first elected in a special election on December 10, 2013, to succeed Sen. Ed Markey, who resigned after being elected to fill John Kerry's seat following his nomination as U.S. secretary of state. She served as assistant speaker (assistant House Democratic leader) from 2021-2023, and currently serves as House minority whip.

Clark was born July 17, 1963, in New Haven, Connecticut. She graduated from St. Lawrence University, Cornell Law School and the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Clark worked as a lawyer in Chicago and Colorado before becoming general counsel for Massachusetts' Office of Child Care Services in 1995. She was elected to the Melrose School Committee in 2002 and was elected chairwoman in 2005. She was appointed co-chair of Victory 2006, the state Democratic Party's campaign and fundraising effort for the 2006 gubernatorial election, and also worked as Chief of Policy and Government Relations in the state Attorney General's office. She was first elected to the Massachusetts state House of Representatives in a special election in 2007 and was re-elected in 2008. In the House, she served as chairman of the Committee on the Judiciary. In 2010, Clark was elected to the Massachusetts state Senate.

In addition to her work in Congress, Clark 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.

For information on Clark's policy subject areas, committee appointments and sponsored/co-sponsored legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, please visit her profile on https://www.congress.gov.


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