State Representative Dan Cullinane is the current Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and has served four terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was first elected in a special election in September of 2013 following the election of former State Representative Linda Dorcena-Forry to the Massachusetts State Senate. Representative Cullinane was subsequently re-elected in 2014, 2016, and 2018 to represent the Massachusetts 12th Suffolk District which is composed of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park in the City of Boston and precincts one and two in the Town of Milton.
In addition to being appointed by the Speaker of the House to serve as Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, Representative Cullinane currently serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, and the House Committee on Redistricting. In 2019, Speaker DeLeo appointed Representative Cullinane to serve as his appointee to the Community Behavioral Health Commission, a permanent commission born out of the landmark 2018 opioid legislation. In previous legislative sessions, Representative Cullinane has served as the Vice-Chair of the House Committee on Ethics, as a member of the House and Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Financial Services, the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight.
Below is a partial list of the major accomplishments and specific state investments made in the 12th Suffolk District during Representative Cullinane's time as State Representative. This list is separate and apart from any major legislation championed, voted on, and passed by the House and/or signed into law by the Governor:
- Preserving the Mattapan High-Speed Trolley Line & Securing Unprecedented Investment ($118 Million Investment Over the Next Five Years, $200+ Million Over the Next Ten Years)
- Construction & Completion of New Blue Hill Avenue Commuter Rail Station ($17 Million) AND successfully advocated for Charlie Card access for commuters alleviating riders of the burden of needing to purchase two separate MBTA passes, plus an increase in the frequency of service through an MBTA pilot program for rides to leave every half-hour. Both of which were major components of legislation sponsored by Rep. Cullinane.
- Construction & Completion of Neponset Greenway Missing Link, Connecting Mattapan & Milton to the Neponset Greenway (Recently Named Top 6 Great Public Space in 2019 by the American Planning Association) ($15+ Million)
- Fighting for & Delivering Major Investment in Affordable Housing in Mattapan Square, Mattapan MBTA Parking Lot Project(135 units, $57 Million) & Cote Ford Project (76 units, $3 7 Million)
- Construction of a New Children's Playground at Dorchester's Ventura Park First Time in 23 Years ($250,000)
- Public Safety Re-Design/Re-Construction of the Intersections of Gallivan Boulevard & Morton Street, Morton Street & West Selden Street ($3. 5 Million)
- Public Safety Installation of Pedestrian Crossing Signal at the Intersection of Gallivan Boulevard & Adams Street ($100,000)
- Beautification of Mattapan Square Medians ($500,000)
- Authored Legislation in 2017 that was signed into Law Establishing a Home Care Worker Registry in Massachusetts in partnership with 1199SEIU. This legislative language provides much-needed oversight of the rapidly growing home health care industry, provides transparency to patients and loved ones, and provides a pathway for workers to achieve better, more fair pay for the important work they provide.
Filed Language in H.4866 to Make it illegal for opioid manufacturers to use coupons to push brand name opioid to patients in Massachusetts
- Filed Language in FY 2018 State Budget Securing $5 Million in Funding for Community Based Reentry Programs First Time Community-Based Reentry Was Funded in State Budget History. Secured additional millions in FY2019 State Budget. This critical funding resulted in the re-opening of closed community-based reentry facilities like McGrath House in Boston's South End.
- Filed Language in the FY2019 State Budget Securing $500,000 to Establish a Prevailing Wage & Public Construction Wage Theft Investigations Unit in the Attorney General's Fair Labor Division
HONORS & AWARDS:
In 2015, the Mattapan Community Health Center honored Rep. Cullinane as their recipient of the Dr. T. Leon Nicks Award for Exemplary Service. Rep. Cullinane was the first and only elected official to receive this award from MCHC for his advocacy, pursuit of and ultimately securing multiple years of funding in the state budget allowing the Mattapan Community Health Center to launch integrated mental health care as part of overall health care on-site for the first time. Today at MCHC there is a full-time behavioral health unit providing service to the greater Mattapan community.
In 2019, the U.S. Haitian Chamber of Commerce, Inc. honored Rep. Cullinane with their Toussaint L'Ouverture Award in recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the Haitian community in Massachusetts. This recognition came specifically for Rep. Cullinane's work and support of the Haitian business community through securing critical state budget funding for technical assistance and small business trainings leading to a stronger online presence of Haitian small businesses in the Commonwealth.
Prior to pursuing public office, Representative Cullinane served as campaign field director and advisor to Linda Dorcena-Forry in her successful State Senate campaign in which she became the first Haitian American State Senator in Massachusetts history and the first woman and first person of color to be elected State Senator of the 1st Suffolk Senate District. Before that role Representative Cullinane worked in the following positions:
- SummerWorks Fundraising Manager, Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD)
- Campaign Manager. Boston City Council Campaign
- Statewide Deputy Caucus Director, Martha Coakley/or Attorney General
- Statewide Labor Chair, Martha Coakley/or Governor
- Investigator, Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General Fair Labor Division
- Statewide Deputy Field Director, Martha Coakley for United States Senate
- Communications Director, Office of Boston City Councillor Maureen E. Feeney
- Director of Constituent Services, Office of State Representative Martin J Walsh
State Representative Dan Cullinane is a 2007 Graduate of Providence College and is a lifelong resident of Dorchester where he resides with his wife Emily Torres-Cullinane and two children, William & Isabel.
In his career of more than six years in the Legislature, Representative Cullinane has only missed one formal session. The only formal session he missed was due to the birth of his daughter.