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About Lydia


Senator Lydia Edwards is an attorney, public servant, and passionate about helping people. She was raised all over the world by her military mom but chose to make East Boston her home.


Lydia worked extensively in the legal field before being elected to the State Senate and the Boston City Council. 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.


As a City Councilor, she led efforts to protect Boston's affordable housing stock through bold policy proposals,  pushed to reduce airport pollution, expand water transportation, address traffic congestion, and ensure community voice in major energy projects. 


As State Senator, she secured millions of dollars to enhance our workforce, address the substance abuse crisis, support youth programs, and tackle climate change. As Chair of the Committee on Housing, Lydia fought to build more housing that’s affordable for working-class people and put policies in place that bring down prices for everyone. 


Lydia Edwards has always been on the side of the underdog- and she's found new ways to deliver. As a State Senator, Lydia continues fighting for workers, renters, unions, immigrants, and teachers to make our commonwealth more affordable, inclusive, and democratic.



Lydia was raised by her mother, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a 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. Lydia also serves as a first Lieutenant in the Massachusetts Army National Guard as Judge Advocate General. 


She lives in East Boston and loves to run along the waterfront and practice martial arts. Sometimes, she even skydives.

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