Bryan Barash

Newton City Council, At-Large, District 2

Bryan will be the first openly bisexual member of the Newton City Council!

Biography

Bryan and his wife, Claudia, live in Newtonville with their two dogs, Shotzy and Seven. They moved to Newton while Bryan was attending nearby Boston College Law School and Claudia was running her small business. They fell in love with the community and hope to raise a family here. 
 
Bryan first got involved in public service at the national level working for Barack Obama’s campaign for President. Bryan then worked for US Senator Tom Udall, started a small business, and then went to law school. He has served for the past 6 years in the state legislature as General Counsel for Senate President Emerita Harriette Chandler.  
 
Bryan serves as the chief adviser to the State Senate President Emerita on all legal and policy matters. In this role, he has helped develop major legislation to fight climate change, put a price on carbon, protect reproductive rights through the ACCESS and ROE Acts, reform our criminal justice system—for example by ending automatic license suspension for drug crimes, provide services to unaccompanied homeless youth, secure a $15 minimum wage and paid family medical leave, and expand access to transportation. 
 
Bryan has continued his journey by becoming re-connected with his Jewish faith and coming out as an openly bisexual man. Bryan understands the complexities that come with living a full life, as a son, as a brother, as a husband, balancing work obligations and family time, and still finding time to pick up his guitar & shoot hoops with his brother. 

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