Barry Finegold was raised in Andover and Tewksbury and attended public school in both towns. He played football at Andover High School and went on to play for Franklin and Marshall College in Pennsylvania. He graduated from Franklin and Marshall with a major in government and a business concentration. Once he returned to Andover, Barry decided to run for the Board of Selectman, taking on longtime incumbents to win and become the youngest Selectman in the town’s history at age 24. One year later, in 1996, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a Democrat representing the 17th Essex District, consisting of parts of Andover, Tewksbury and Lawrence. He was the youngest member of his freshman class.
Working during the day and going to class at night, Barry put himself through the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, graduating in 1998, and was admitted to the Massachusetts bar the same year. He later earned a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. In 1999 he won the Kennedy School Fenn Award for Political Leadership, and in 2003, he was selected as one of the top 100 young “Democrats to Watch” by the Democratic Leadership Council.
In 2009, he was named Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. In this position, he championed renewable energy policies that have helped make Massachusetts a leader in clean energy.
Barry took on a contested primary and general election for the State Senate seat in 2010, and went on to win the race to represent the Second Essex and Middlesex District that includes all of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence and Tewksbury. He won reelection in 2012, sweeping every precinct of all four communities. He has served as the Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws since first being sworn into the Senate in 2011.
In 2014, Barry announced his candidacy for Treasurer and Receiver-General of the Commonwealth. In a competitive Democratic Primary, Barry placed second.
At age 29, he founded the law firm of Dalton & Finegold in Andover. He continues to work as a partner at the firm, which specializes in real estate, estate planning and corporate law and is one of the largest law firms on the North Shore. Barry lives in Andover with his wife, Amy, and three children, Ava, Ella and Max.
Throughout Barry’s career, he has been a champion of reform. From election law reform to taking on Speaker Finneran on term limits, Barry has consistently pushed the envelope on issues facing this Commonwealth.
Election Law reform: Under Barry's leadership, the most significant election laws reform bill in decades was signed into law in 2014. The bill included provisions providing for early voting, same day registration, election audits, online voter registration, and pre-registration for 16 and 17-year olds.
Education reform: During his second term in the Senate, Barry was the lead Senate sponsor on the bill seeking to raise the cap on charter schools in the Commonwealth. His strong beliefs on charter schools were forged by his involvement in the reform efforts in Lawrence Public Schools, where he has seen firsthand the difference that charter schools have made. Barry is also a vocal advocate for expanding innovative approaches in public schools. Working with state and local officials, Barry pushed for longer school days, summer programs, and partnerships between district and charter schools in the city of Lawrence. Since the intervention, students’ test scores have increased significantly. Barry wants students in every community to experience this same success.
Campaign finance reform: With Barry leading the charge in the Senate, Massachusetts passed into law the strongest campaign finance bill in the nation.
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