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Tram T. Nguyen serves as the State Representative for the 18th Essex District. which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury. A first generation Vietnamese-American, Tram was five when her family came to the U.S. as political refugees, escaping the communist regime of Vietnam. Her family settled in the Merrimack Valley, where Tram excelled in school and became the first person in her family to graduate from college at Tufts University, and she went on to graduate from Northeastern University School of Law. 

Tram was first elected into office in November 2018 and is the first Vietnamese American woman in elected office in the Commonwealth, the first Vietnamese American elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the first Asian American on the Board of Directors of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators, and the first Asian American woman to serve as vice chair of a House committee. 


  • Vice Chair, House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling

  • Member, House Committee on Human Resources and Employee Engagement

  • Member, Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use and Recovery

  • Member, Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government

  • MemberJoint Committee on Racial Equity, Civil Rights, and Inclusion


  • MOVA (Mass. Office of Victim Assistance) Legislator of the Year (2022)

  • YWCA 39th Annual Tribute to Women Honoree (2022)

  • EMILY'S List Gabby Giffords Rising Star Finalist (2021)

  • NEW DEAL Leader (2021)

  • Provider's Council Caring Bear Award (2021)

  • Council of State Government 20 under 40 Award (2020)

  • YDMA Young Democratic Elected of the Year Award (2020)

  • Freedom North Shore Women's Empowerment Award (2019)

  • Asian American Women Political Initiative Legislator of the Year Award (2019)


Career as Legal Services Attorney, Greater Boston Legal Services:

  • Represented domestic violence survivors, workers, seniors, veterans, and children. 

  • Engaged in legislative advocacy and worked with statewide coalitions, lawmakers, and lawmaking bodies to push for laws that address issues of racial and economic justice and protect the rights of the most vulnerable populations.

  • Lawrence Bar Association Merit Award

  • Vietnamese American Bar Association Public Service Award

  • Reginald Heber Smith Award for innovation and excellence in legal advocacy

  • UAW Social Justice Award

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