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Senator Lydia Edwards is a career advocate, activist, and voice on behalf of society's most vulnerable. She was raised all over the world by her military mom but chose to make East Boston her home.


Prior to being elected to the State Senate and Boston City Council, Lydia worked extensively in the legal field. She worked as a public interest attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services focusing on labor issues such as fighting for access to unemployment insurance, back wages, fair treatment for domestic workers, and combating human trafficking.

Additionally, she coordinated a statewide campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights - and she won. Following the bill’s passage, she was named Bostonian of the Year, Honorable Mention, by the Boston Globe.

About Lydia


As a City Councilor, she led efforts to protect Boston's affordable housing stock through innovative and bold policy proposals. She spearheaded reforms to Inclusionary Development and Linkage and passed through the council a real estate transfer fee on the sale of properties valued at over $2 million, with all proceeds dedicated to affordable housing.


Lydia pushed to reduce airport pollution, expand water transportation, address traffic congestion, ensure community voice in major energy projects, rebuild public housing and stop proposed highway expansion. She solidified her role in the community as a bridge-builder, convening and organizing community meetings to take on larger conversations like Suffolk Downs in East Boston, the Bunker Hill Redevelopment project in Charlestown, and climate resilience in the historic North End.


She spearheaded the effort to get the city's charter amended and democratize the  $3 billion city budget through participatory budgeting. Lydia advocated for greater transparency in city government while maintaining fiscal responsibility. She has fought to reform the Zoning Board of Appeals to reduce influence-peddling in the development process. Lydia fights for a Boston that works for everyone.


Her job title may change, but her values never have. Lydia Edwards has always been on the side of the underdog- and she's found new ways to make change at each new role. As a State Senator, Lydia is continuing to fight for workers, renters, unions, immigrants, teachers, to make our commonwealth more affordable, more inclusive, and more democratic.


Lydia was raised by her mother, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and current union worker with the Veterans Administration. Lydia graduated from American University Washington College of Law and received an LLM in taxation from Boston University School of Law. She lives in East Boston and loves to run along the waterfront, and practice martial arts.  Sometimes, she even skydives.


  • Boston’s Most Impactful Black Women

    • March 2021

    • Awarded by Get Konnected!

    • First ever list

  • 2015 Bostonian of the Year 

    • Boston Globe Magazine 

    • Honorable Recognition

  • ​Boston Rising Stars, 40 under 40 (2015)

    • Sept 2015  

    • The National Law Journal and The Connecticut Law Tribune

  • 2013 Community Peacemaker Honoree

    • Community Dispute Settlement Center

    • This annual award is given to mediators who have added to the practice and accessibility of dispute resolution.

  • Attorney of the Year 2012

    • Dec 2012

    • Matahari: Eye of the Day 

    • Given to an attorney demonstrating dedication to social justice, diversity and worker empowerment. 

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