Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante is an American legislator in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 5th Essex district, which consists of Gloucester, Rockport, and Essex. A member of the Democratic Party, she was first elected in2008. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means and sits on the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, House Committee on Operations, Facilities and Building Security, and the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling. She is also co-chair of the Tech Hub Caucus, which focuses on fostering growth of Massachusetts’ high-tech businesses and startups.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in 1994 from Tufts University, Ferrante went to work as the legislative aide for State Representative Bruce Tarr. In 1996, she left her position with Tarr in order to pursue a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School. Ferrante was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar Association in 1999.
Shortly after graduating from Suffolk Law, Ferrante started her own law firm in Gloucester, where she focused on land use and fishing issues. She also served as counsel for the Northeast Seafood Coalition, where she began working to reform the regulatory practices affecting commercial fisherman. As a Rappaport Urban Scholar Ferrante received a Master of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.