State Representative Kay Khan has represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995, and currently serves as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. Rep. Khan has served as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities since 2009, which provides oversight to the Department of Children and Families, The Department of Developmental Disabilities, The Department of Youth Services, The Department of Transitional Assistance, The Commission for the Blind, The Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and Mass Rehabilitation Commission. The Committee also works closely with the Department of Early Education and Care, as well as the Department of Mental Health.
Representative Khan is the founder and co-chair of the legislative Mental Health Caucus, the first of its kind in the country, and founder and co-chair of a task force on Women in the Criminal Justice System and their children, under the Caucus of Women Legislators. She served as the Co-Chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators several years ago and in recent years, she served on the Commission to End Homelessness and currently serves on the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Commission and the Special Commission on Early Education and Care.
Rep. Khan is one of the legislature’s most outspoken advocates for progressive policies for incarcerated individuals, including women. She’s an observer on the Criminal Justice Commission, looking at ways to prevent crime by implementing data-driven, evidenced based public safety reforms that protect citizens in our cities and towns, reduces recidivism and save taxpayer dollars.
The Chairwoman earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Nursing and her first job as a nurse was at Boston Children’s Hospital, following this, she became an instructor for Boston University School of Nursing undergraduate students on a pediatric rotation. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston University and worked in a group private practice in Newton for close to 20 years.
Kay is a world traveler and has visited a wide array of countries around the world.
She enjoys hiking, biking, travel, arts and culture, theatre, ballet, cooking, entertaining, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Representative Khan has lived in Newton for more than 40 years where she and her husband raised their three children and now enjoys her seven grandchildren.
• Secured state funding for major improvements to the Lower Falls Community Center;
walkway over the Charles River in Lower Falls;
accessibility project to be ADA compliant;
• Founding member of the Newton Cultural Alliance (NCA) to promote arts in Newton.