When a partial federal government shutdown dragged on for a record 21 days in 1995, Lori Trahan, then a staffer for U.S. Rep. Marty Meehan, felt the unprecedented situation would never happen again. “Sadly that feeling was wrong,” she said Tuesday morning, as she delivered her first remarks from the House of Representatives floor as a 3rd District lawmaker. Joining fellow Democrats, Trahan decried what is now the longest shutdown in the country’s history, as furloughed government employees entered their 25th day without work amid President Donald Trump’s demands that Congress sign off on over $5 billion in funding for a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border. Roughly 800,000 federal workers are affected by the partial shutdown, with approximately 380,000 on unpaid leave. Trahan said Congress cannot allow “shutting down the government over a policy debate to become the new normal.” “I oppose the wall. Experts say the wall won’t stop the flow of … [Read more...] about Lori Trahan says lawmakers cannot allow government shutdowns to become ‘the new normal’
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout Globe Staff January 07, 2019 In 2017, a question gnawed at Lori Trahan. A business consultant, she remembers often being the only woman in a boardroom. She was hired by Uber to help gauge how it could get female drivers involved. (She ended up driving an Uber herself for months as research.) And with President Trump’s 2016 election — and Congress’s dismal share of female representation — it again came into focus.“Why,” she asked herself, “aren’t there more women running?” Advertisement Then an answer hit her — an aha moment plucked from a movie script — when a congresswoman, her congresswoman, announced she would retire. Get Metro Headlines in your inbox: The 10 top local news stories from metro Boston and around New England delivered daily. Thank you for signing up! Sign up … [Read more...] about Lori Trahan helped set the record for women elected to Congress. Here’s what makes her tick.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is asking the U.S. Department of Education to forgive the federal loans of 1,000 students who attended a for-profit college chain when it was found to have committed fraud. In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Swanson wrote the department should forgive, under the “closed school discharge program,” the loans of students enrolled at Globe University and the Minnesota School of Business in September 2016, when a Hennepin County District Court found the school defrauded students. A judge found the schools misled students about its criminal justice program, saying it would lead to careers in law enforcement when it didn’t meet the state requirements. The fraud ruling led the state to revoke the schools’ ability to operate in Minnesota and the federal government to halts its access to financial aid. Despite those rulings, the two schools tried to remain open for months, working to place some students in other … [Read more...] about MN AG Lori Swanson pushes for loans for students at fraudulent colleges to be forgiven
Congresswomen Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan officially joined the ranks of the Massachusetts Congressional delegation Thursday as both lawmakers were sworn in amid a historic wave of women and people of color voted in during last year’s midterm elections. Pressley, the Bay State’s first black congresswoman, and Trahan, the successor to retired 3rd District Rep. Niki Tsongas, took the oath of office on Capitol Hill among 101 freshman representatives whose election swayed the House of Representatives to a Democratic majority for the 116th Congress. Speaking with WGBH‘s Joe Mathieu, Pressley indicated Thursday morning that she doesn’t plan on wasting any time getting started. “I’ve got a couple of some legislation I’m already working on that’s in the queue,” the former Boston city councilor said. “I’m excited to share that with folks. I came here to legislate and I’m excited to do that.” Pressley beat out … [Read more...] about Ayanna Pressley and Lori Trahan were sworn in. Here’s what happened.
After serving 20 years on the Oakdale City Council, Lori Pulkrabek is ready for a change. “Now that I’m 46, this is the next chapter of my life and so I wanted to be thoughtful in what that might look like and be open to different opportunities,” she said. She’s stepping down from public office and has left her longtime job as marketing and communications coordinator for North Suburban Access Corp. She plans to take a break and do something new, such as go back to school or start her own business. The city will wish her well at a dinner Monday. “We will miss her on the council,” Mayor Paul Reinke said. He added that she is a “really smart, amazing and interesting person — and a huge advocate and supporter of the people of Oakdale.” Pulkrabek’s introduction to politics was through her former husband, Bill Pulkrabek, who served one term as mayor of Oakdale and later was elected to the Washington County Board. They … [Read more...] about Lori Pulkrabek stepping away from politics after 20 years on Oakdale council