Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester) announced today that House Speaker Ron Mariano has appointed her to serve as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Ferrante will work closely with Chairman Aaron Michlewitz in crafting the $45 billion FY2022 state budget.
“I am honored to join Chairman Michlewitz as we work to navigate the uncharted waters of guiding Massachusetts through the fiscal effects of the pandemic while creating a pathway to put us back on the road to prosperity,” Ferrante said. “Representing the 5th Essex District, and previously serving as the House Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, gives me a unique perspective and foundation to help ensure our traditional industries, like fishing, are supported while investing in the people and the future of our Commonwealth.”
“Representative Ferrante’s background and expertise both in economic development and the needs of our working families will be a tremendous asset in crafting the House’s budget with Chairman Michlewitz,” Speaker Mariano said. “I know that she will bring the same commitment and dedication to the role of Vice Chair that she has always brought to representing the people of the 5th Essex District. As we face a daunting economic recovery, Chair Ferrante’s acumen and intelligence will be crucial on House Ways & Means to shaping the future of the commonwealth.”
Prior to being appointed as Vice Chair of Ways and Means, Representative Ferrante was the House Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, crafting last session’s $626 million economic development bill that addresses the economic impact of COVID-19, works to equitably address the housing crisis, strengthens Massachusetts competitiveness, and creates pipelines to higher paying jobs and careers for Massachusetts residents.
Ferrante has represented the 5th Essex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2009.