The daughter of a fisherman and school librarian, lifetime Gloucester resident Ann-Margaret Ferrante is a five-term State Representative serving Gloucester, Rockport and Essex. Currently, she serves as the First Division Chair of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and on the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling and the House Committee on Rules. In 2013, she was appointed House co-chair of the Tech Hub Caucus. She has previously served as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, the House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, as well as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee and several other committees. She has been a dedicated and persistent advocate on behalf of the people of Cape Ann and will continue to do so as she serves her fifth term.
A graduate of Tufts University with a major in Economics & International Relations, she furthered her education at Suffolk Law School. After graduating from law school, she practiced law in Gloucester, specializing in fisheries issues. She has served on numerous boards and commissions in the community, including Cape Ann Commercial Fisherman’s Loan Fund, Sawyer Free Library, and as an incorporator with Cape Ann Savings Bank.
She works tirelessly on advocacy issues pertaining to fisheries, education, the disabled, small businesses and economic development for Cape Ann. She has spearheaded the effort to engage new technology for stock assessments to save the fishing industry and is working to retain local businesses and bring new industries like marine biotech to the area. In addition, she is a big supporter of the creative economy and – working with the MA Cultural Council – was instrumental in bringing Cultural Districts to Cape Ann in order to retain and expand tourism and the arts and the economic benefits they provide.