Anne Johnson Landry currently works at the State House as Chief Counsel to Senator Brownsberger, where she has gained the extensive experience and deep familiarity with the legislative process that will make her an effective state representative. She is adept at drafting and shepherding legislation through the legislative process to become law. She has worked to bring stakeholders to the table to build consensus on legislation. She has engaged in high-level conference committee negotiations between the House and the Senate relative to extending the statute of limitations for civil child sexual abuse claims, the civil rights public accommodations law relative to gender identity, marijuana regulation, and most recently, criminal justice reform. In addition, Anne has spent countless hours listening to and communicating with constituents and addressing their concerns.
Anne values connection to and service to our communities. Since 2014, Anne has served on Reading's Finance Committee and as an Elected Town Meeting Member. In these roles, she has witnessed firsthand the critical need for state aid to fund our public schools, public safety, and municipal services. She has volunteered as a Spanish-English interpreter and attorney at Woburn's Justice For Our Neighbors immigration legal services clinic. Anne worked hard with Yes for Reading to secure the recent passage of Reading's override. This municipal perspective will allow her to be a strong legislative partner and advocate for Woburn and for Reading.
Anne heeded the call to public service at an early age. At the age of ten, she drafted and filed her first piece of legislation with her Massachusetts state senator. After earning a degree in political science and Spanish from the University of Richmond in 2006, Anne spent a year in Spain as a Fulbright Scholar, when she became fluent in Spanish and acted as a cultural ambassador of the United States. Upon her return in 2007, her commitment to public service led Anne to work in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as a legislative aide. To further her ability to serve the public interest, Anne returned to school and earned a degree from Emory University School of Law. With her training as a lawyer and commitment to social justice, Anne sought a position where she could advance human and civil rights. She found that work in a legal fellowship in Boston representing low-income clients seeking access to health care. Anne returned to the State House in 2012, when she had the opportunity to serve in the Massachusetts Senate as a legislative attorney.
Anne's concern for others was deepened when she became a parent in 2016. This greatest joy and responsibility of Anne's life reinforced for her the vital importance of working to build a strong future for our communities and Commonwealth in an increasingly complicated and often troubling world. Very few parents of young children are at the table when making policy decisions, and our policies reflect that reality --- a reality Anne will work to change.
Anne lives in Reading with her husband Ryan, who is a public elementary school music teacher, their son, Michael, and their Labrador retriever, Lucy.