Tricia Farley-Bouvier was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in a special election on October 18, 2011, and began serving as Pittsfield's State Representative a short three weeks later. As of January 2013, the 3rd Berkshire District includes all of Pittsfield except Ward 1B, which borders Lanesborough and Dalton.
Tricia was born and raised in Pittsfield. She attended Pittsfield High School and went on to receive her Bachelor's Degree in Special and Elementary Education from Salve Regina University and her Master's Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut.
Her involvement in politics began in 2002 through the “Save Our Schools” campaign, a grass-roots movement designed to express support for municipal funding of the Pittsfield’s schools. In 2003, the newly formed political action group “WHEN” endorsed Tricia’s candidacy to be an at-large city counselor. In that election, she not only won a seat on the City Council, but received more votes than any other elected official. She went on to be the top vote getter again in the 2005 City Council elections.
During her 2004-2008 tenure on the Pittsfield City Council, Tricia was proud to be part of a team that helped to shape the downtown Renaissance that Pittsfield has undergone in the past decade. She supported efforts to refurbish the Colonial Theater, to provide a Pittsfield home to the Barrington Stage Company, to encourage more dining establishments in the downtown area, and to make the dream of the Beacon Cinema a reality. Her key legislative accomplishments include facilitating the creation of the Pittsfield Board of Health, championing a strong Adult Entertainment Ordinance, leading a restructuring of the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter, and bringing school nurses to professional status in the school department.
As the Director of Administration in the Pittsfield Mayor’s Office, Tricia worked closely with city and state officials, business leaders, and ordinary citizens. She has served on the School Building Needs Commission since its reactivation more than six years ago and acted as the Mayor’s staff liaison to the commission for 18 months. Her knowledge of city government, ability to work collaboratively with others, and strong leadership skills are all qualities that serve her well as State Representative.
In addition to her experience in city government, Tricia has 25 years’ experience in the field of education, as teacher, trainer, and administrator, most recently as the executive director of the Literacy Network of South Berkshire. She has twice lived overseas, first as a volunteer in Belize and second as a special education teacher in Uruguay. She and her husband Dan have three teenage children who are involved in local sports teams.