Representative Jeffrey Sánchez serves as Massachusetts State Representative for the 15th Suffolk/Norfolk District, which includes the Boston communities of Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain, and Roslindale, along with Precinct 5 of the Town of Brookline, MA.
In February 2015, he was appointed the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. Prior to this role, he served as the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health for six years.
Representative Sánchez’s overall legislative agenda is driven in large part by the issues faced in the district. It emphasizes initiatives that address access and retention in education, public infrastructure development, workforce development, public health, and affordable housing.
His healthcare work is focused on evidence-based health policy reform, particularly for underserved communities. He has passed several major pieces of health legislation, including comprehensive reforms on compounding pharmacy practice and school nutrition programs, as well as expanded public health data sharing, enhanced practice for nurse midwives, and was instrumental in several key provisions of Chapter 224, the 2012 Massachusetts health care cost-containment law.
Representative Sánchez currently serves on a number of professional organizational committees, including the English Language Learned Task Force, the Advisory Council Design Industry Group of Massachusetts, National Conference of State Legislatures Federal Health Reform Implementation Task Force, the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, and as Treasurer of the National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs. Rep. Sánchez also serves on the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Advisory Board, the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety Advisory Board, the National Conference of State Legislatures Federal Health Reform Implementation Task Force and the Telehealth Working Group, the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, and as Treasurer of the National Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs.
Previously, Chairman Sánchez served as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health and as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development, where he helped usher through the Commonwealth’s life sciences commitment. He also worked in the Boston Mayor’s Office from 1995 to 2001 and ran the 2000 Census for Boston. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, a Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a current instructor at the Center for Public Health Leadership at the Harvard University TH Chan School of Public Health.