"As the Chair of the Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, my mission is to make sure that every single individual - adult and child - in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has equal rights and access to opportunities. Every move I make considers the psychological and physical health of Massachusetts residents as well as the economic impact on their livelihood. "
"My hope is that the Commonwealth will continually foster opportunity, progress and love for humanity with every law passed. We are already leaders for progressive policies nationally, but I know that is not enough. I fight for a vision for the Commonwealth that leaves not one person in need."
"Once a nurse, always a nurse."
-Representative Kay Khan
State Representative Kay Khan has represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995. She currently serves the 11th Middlesex district, which consists of Ward 1: Precincts 2, 3, Wards 2, 3, 4, and Ward 7: Precinct 2. Representative Khan has championed many projects to completion, including the implementation of the Auburndale and Waban sound barriers, the construction of the Lower Falls Pedestrian Bridge and the renovation of the Lower Falls Community Center. Currently, the Representative is working with a coalition of stakeholders to make all three Newton Commuter Rail Stations accessible and has already secured over $20 million in funding for the project through the Capital Improvement Plan.
Representative Khan was appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo in 2009 to serve as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities, and has served in this capacity ever since. The Committee provides legislative oversight of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Department of Youth Services, the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Commission for the Blind, the Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. The Committee also works closely with the Department of Early Education and Care as well as the Department of Mental Health.
Representative Khan’s legislative portfolio celebrates and promotes diversity; she is an unshakable advocate for equal rights for all individuals, young and old, in the Commonwealth. Representative Khan’s legislation to ban conversion therapy was one of the first bills signed into law during the current legislative session, thus advancing LGTBQ+ rights one-step further in the Commonwealth. Some of her other legislative priorities this session include ending child marriage in Massachusetts, expanding access to maternal health care, and promoting better outcomes for justice-involved youth and women.
Representative Khan is an adamant supporter of environmental issues. Last session, the Representative sponsored legislation that increased the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, a program that requires a certain percentage of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy; this legislation was ultimately included in the Environmental Bond bill signed into law on July 31, 2018. Her leadership on combating climate change earned her the designation of “Champion” by the Environmental League of Massachusetts. Furthermore, Representative Khan is a proud co-sponsor and advocate for legislation relative to reducing carbon emissions, investing in a clean energy economy, and promoting environmental justice.
Representative Khan earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Nursing. Her first job as a nurse was at Boston Children’s Hospital. Following this, she became an instructor for Boston University School of Nursing undergraduate students on a pediatric rotation. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston University, graduating with honors and worked in a private group practice in Newton for close to 20 years. Representative Khan serves as a Board Member of the New Philharmonia Orchestra and is a founding Board Member of the Newton Cultural Alliance.
Representative Khan has lived in Newton for more than 40 years where she and her husband raised their three children and now enjoys her seven grandchildren.
Representative Khan Past and Present Positions
Co-Chair, Special Commission on Mandated Reporting of Known or Suspected Animal Cruelty, and Abuse of Children, the Elderly and Disabled Persons
Co-Chair, Justice Involved Women Task Force
Member, Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Commission
Member, Criminal Justice Reform Caucus
Member, Child Welfare Data Reporting Task Force
Member, Sexual Abuse Prevention Task Force
Founder and current Co-Chair, Task Force on Justice Involved Women and Their Children
Former Co-Chair, Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators
Founder and former Co-Chair, Mental Health Caucus, the first of its kind in the country