In 2012, Marjorie Decker was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 25th Middlesex District, including parts of the Cambridge neighborhoods of West, North, Riverside, Cambridgeport and mid-Cambridge.
At the State House
Marjorie has jumped right into her first term as a state representative, championing support for housing and homeless families, funding for early education and care, and a path for new significant revenues.
She was recently appointed to the committees on Financial Services, Health Care Financing and Housing. Marjorie also serves on a number of caucuses that seek to address issues of transportation, social justice, technology, and economic development, among other things.
In the first month, Marjorie filed eight bills supporting workers, health education, and veterans. Additionally, she signed on to more than 100 bills that address issues of housing, healthcare, civil rights, children and families as well as a host of other topics. For more information, please visit: http://www.malegislature.gov/Bills/Search.
City Councillor Decker
Elected to the City Council in 1999, Marjorie is currently serving her final – and seventh term – on the council, where she continues to be a strong voice for social justice and the local community. For the last six years, Marjorie has chaired the city’s Finance and Budget committee, overseeing $500 million in city funds, and has led its Public Health and Housing Committees. In addition, she is one of only 13 women to be elected to City Council in more than 150 years, and the first woman to chair its Finance committee.
Marjorie has deep roots in the community, growing up in public housing in North Cambridge - a stone’s throw from where Marjorie and her family now reside. Her mother, Catherine Curley Decker grew up in Cambridge's Roosevelt Towers, and worked for over 20 years with Cambridge elderly. Today, Catherine works with homeless families and helps substance abusers find detox programs. Marjorie's father, Tim Decker, grew up on Western Ave and Washington Elms. He was a disabled Vietnam Veteran, who served two tours in Vietnam and lived in the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA.
Marjorie was the first in her family to graduate from high school at Cambridge Rindge and Latin. She then went on to graduate with honors from UMass Amherst, and earned her Masters at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 2007, focusing on Human Rights and Children.
Community Advocacy and Action
Prior to her time at the Kennedy School and on City Council, Marjorie taught first grade and was a special education teacher with Teach for America in Shreveport, Louisiana. She also served as legislative aide to former Representative Alice Wolf (D, Cambridge), her predecessor, as well as Representative Ellen Story (D, Amherst), gaining extensive experience in the state legislature.
‘All politics being local’, Marjorie is committed to strengthening local communities and helping them grow as demonstrated not only throughout the neighborhoods of Cambridge, but globally as well. In 2003, she was appointed to the United Nations International Association of Peace Messenger Cities, which provided an opportunity for her to travel the world to address issues of mining exploitation, stateless refugee children living in detention centers and nuclear disarmament. She continues to serve on the executive board.
Outside of state and local government, Representative Marjorie Decker enjoys spending time with her two young children and husband.