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+ − Biography
Eileen Donoghue is a third term State Senator from the First Middlesex District, serving the communities of Lowell, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Westford. The Senator was first elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in November of 2010.
Upon graduating from University of Massachusetts in 1976, with an individualized concentration in law and Spanish, the Senator pursued her passion for law. She received her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School in 1979. After twelve years of practicing law, Senator Donoghue opened her own firm in the City of Lowell in 1991 before joining Gallagher & Cavanaugh in 2008.
Senator Donoghue was elected to the Lowell City Council in 1996 and two years later was elected mayor for her first of two terms at that post. During her tenure as mayor, she was proud to champion some of the most historic and important economic development projects for the city, including the Tsongas Arena, the LeLacheur Ball Park, the construction and renovation of 17 schools, and the artist overlay district which resulted in more than 800 new artists’ lofts now occupying formerly abandoned mills.
Senator Donoghue serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. This committee handles matters concerning commercial and industrial establishments, industrial development, science and technology, economic development, retention of science or technology-intensive industries; adoption of existing industries; innovation systems from research to development; computers; information, networking, the Internet, data storage and access; communication; biotechnology; stem cell research medical technology; medical devices; environmental technologies, classroom applications; workforce technology training and development, etc., and other matters similar in nature.
Senator Donoghue has also been appointed to serve as Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. Issues surrounding Higher Ed have long been a legislative priority for the Senator. She is in a great position to expand on her subcommittee work from the previous legislative session concerning the various components of the student loan and debt landscape.
Finally, the Senator has also been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration, the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Joint Committee on Transportation.
In early 2013, Senator Donoghue initiated legislation to create a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics in Boston. The Commission found that, despite existing challenges, it is feasible to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Massachusetts in 2024. As a result of these findings, Senator Donoghue now serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston 2024 Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Government and Community Outreach Committee.
After a number of years in public service, Senator Donoghue is eager to continue her experience to represent the interests of the First Middlesex district in the Massachusetts State Senate.