Massachusetts State Representative John Barrett

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Massachusetts State Representative John Barrett headed to Beacon Hill after a special election victory last November to finish out the late Gailanne Cariddi’s term. After 26 years as the mayor of North Adams, the Democrat had a lot to learn about life in the statehouse. With the his first legislative session behind him, Barrett tells WAMC he’s learned a lot.

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Former North Adams Mayor John Barrett now serves as the Democratic State Representative for the 1st Berkshire District of Massachusetts. He’s been in office since November 2017, after winning a special election following the death of State Representative Gailanne Cariddi. After 26 years at the head the smallest city in the commonwealth, the 71-year-old is now tackling statewide politics. He spoke with WAMC about the impact of the new state budget on northern Berkshire County.

Barrett To Be Sworn Into Office At State House

Nov 14, 2017
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Berkshires political institution John Barrett will take his new state House seat for the first time Wednesday. 

John Barrett Is Going To The State House

Nov 7, 2017
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Berkshires political institution John Barrett has won office once again.  This time he’s going to Beacon Hill.