Representative Cronin '82 Named to Chair of Judiciary Committee

March 10, 2017

BOSTON, MA- Representative Claire Cronin '82 (D-Easton) was appointed to Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. This is a highly regarded position in the House and a powerful committee in the Legislature.

Representative Cronin previously served as the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Committee where she worked on key legislation within the committee, including family law, civil rights issues, and legislation criminalizing the trafficking of fentanyl.

“Representative Cronin is an exceptionally-talented legislator who has made her mark thanks to her intelligence, creativity and energy,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “She brings three decades of legal experience on a myriad of complicated issues to her work on the judiciary committee. I look forward to working with her as we implement the recommendations of the Council of State Governments on criminal justice reform and other pressing matters before the Commonwealth.”

A member of the Massachusetts bar since 1985, Cronin began her career at Wynn and Wynn, P.C. in Raynham, Massachusetts. She went on to maintain a sole practice in Brockton up until the time she was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She has been affiliated with Commonwealth Mediation since 2002, where she has arbitrated and mediated cases involving a wide range of issues. Most notably, she mediated the landmark settlement of the Massachusetts clergy sexual abuse cases.

“The Massachusetts Bar Association strongly applauds Speaker Robert DeLeo’s appointment of Representative Claire Cronin as House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Representative Cronin brings a wealth of legal experience to this prestigious leadership position, which is of vital importance to the bench and bar. Representative Cronin will certainly hit the ground running given her outstanding work ethic and her handling of complex legal and legislative issues on the Hill and as a practicing lawyer.” Stated Martin W. Healy, the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Chief Legal Counsel.

"My experience as a mediator will assist me in building a consensus as we tackle some very complex and emotionally charges issues,” said Representative Claire Cronin. “We anticipate that the committee will receive close to a thousand bills, including some of the most controversial and sensitive pieces of legislation. I am looking forward to examining, in depth, the issues facing our criminal justice system, as well as the many complex issues that come before the judiciary committee, and putting forth the best legislation for the Commonwealth.”

Representative Cronin is currently serving her third term in the House of Representatives representing the Eleventh Plymouth District. During her tenure, she has been involved in legislation benefitting veterans, including the passage of the Valor Act II and the Stolen Valor Act. Representative Cronin also served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means where she was instrumental in securing increased funding for local aid and public schools. A key piece of Representative Cronin’s legislation establishing an angel investor tax credit to foster investment in small businesses and start-ups was signed by the Governor last session.

Cronin previously served on the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Representative Cronin is a graduate of Stonehill College (1982) and Suffolk University Law School (1985).

Representative Cronin is the first woman to serve as the House Chair of the Judiciary Committee.