Ann-Margaret has made it her mission to be sure that the legislators on the Federal level were aware of the plight faced by local fishermen since the groundfishing industry was declared an economic disaster in September 2012. She has consistently sought relief for fishermen throughout her career – both as a private citizen and in her role as a state legislator.

Marine Sciences

Ann-Margaret has brought biotechnology to our students and to our evolving workforce, giving everyone from a recent high school graduate to a more advanced student the opportunity to find work in this emerging field by creating a training program and biotech jobs to Cape Ann.

Climate Adaptation and Coastal Resiliency

Ann-Margaret understands the threat that climate change poses to Cape Ann and the Commonwealth. Impacts on sea level rise, more intense storms, food security, health care and spread of disease, transportation, and other areas of life will affect people across the board.

Building Opportunity

Ann-Margaret continues to be focused on making sure that Cape Ann receives its fair share of funding to have the ability to create pathways to new careers and economic growth for our residents, as well as supporting and investing in traditional industries that define our communities, such as fishing and farming.

Culture, Arts, and Tourism

Soon after she was first elected, Ann-Margaret sought to establish cultural districts in Gloucester, Rockport and Essex. As a result of the implementation of cultural districts, Ann-Margaret was able to modify cultural facilities funding language to provide funds for the Rocky Neck and is in the process of securing funds for the Gloucester City Hall.

Farms and Agriculture

Throughout the 5th Essex District, Essex, Rockport and Gloucester, is a history of farming and horse breeding. Ann-Margaret has had a constant line of communication open with constituents involved in agriculture, and has been a strong advocate for their concerns.

Local Aid & Education

Ann-Margaret has been a pivotal force in securing local aid for the towns of Rockport, Essex and Gloucester. She regularly seeks to connect funds to district schools, and bring businesses and educators together to improve the quality of classroom instruction for the 5th Essex District’s students.


Ann-Margaret has been a long-time supporter of the veterans of Cape Ann. She was a strong supporter of the Valor Act – a bill that expands financial, housing and education benefits and many other services to veterans, active-duty military personnel and their families, and has taken several steps to ensure younger generations understand the role our veterans play in supporting our communities and our values.