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Civic Life Lunch - The Massachusetts Model: Bipartisanship on Beacon Hill

Tuesday, March 14 | 12:00 PM ET | VIRTUAL ONLY

The Bay State has long been a model of bipartisanship on the state level, with one party in control of the legislature and another party often in the governor's seat. But now with the state's first Democratic Governor in eight years, what's in store for the Massachusetts model and the future of bipartisanship in the new legislative session? Join a lively lunch conversation about whether bipartisanship is still possible, reaching across the aisle in state politics, and the lessons we can learn from the Massachusetts State House with State Representatives Tackey Chan (D) and Marcus Vaughn (R), and former Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs for Governor Charlie Baker, Katherine Holahan. The conversation will be moderated by Samuel Gebru, Professor of the Practice in the Political Science Department. 

Sponsored by the Political Science Department, Tufts ACTION, Tufts CIVIC, the Tufts Democrats and the Tufts Republicans.

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event will now be virtual only. Join the Zoom event at this link.


Tackey Chan represents Norfolk's 2nd District, serving his home city of Quincy. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2010, becoming the first Asian American and minority elected to office by the City of Quincy. Rep. Chan was one of the first Asian Americans elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Marcus Vaughn represents Norfolk's 9th District and was first elected in 2022. The first in his family to go to college, Rep. Vaughn has a B.A. from Syracuse University and an M.B.A. from California State University - Monterey Bay. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Katherine Holahan is the former Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative Affairs in the Office of Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.