Tram is one of 46 women elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives on November 6, 2018.
We asked Tram why we need more women leaders. Her response: “When I initially considered a run for State Representative, I was told that it was not my time and to set my expectations lower. But I knew that I had a valuable perspective as a woman of color, a political refugee, and a legal aid attorney to contribute to the discussions at the State House, and that I could use my voice to be a strong advocate for my district. I am proud to belong to an incoming group of State Representatives that is fifty percent women and look forward to helping more women and women of color get elected to public office in the years to come.”
More about Tram
Tram Nguyen is the representative for the 18th Essex District, which includes parts of Andover, Boxford, North Andover, and Tewksbury. She is a first generation Vietnamese-American immigrant, who came to America with her family as a political refugee at the age of five. Her family settled in the Merrimack Valley, where they still live today.
Nguyen came to this country without knowing a word of English, and with the help and support of her teachers, she excelled academically and was the first person in her family to attend college and law school. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and American Studies from Tufts University and a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law. Since graduating from law school in 2013, Nguyen has worked at Greater Boston Legal Services as a legal aid attorney advocating for domestic violence survivors, workers, seniors, veterans, and children. She has also done legislative advocacy and has 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. She has received the Lawrence Bar Association Merit Award, the Vietnamese American Bar Association Public Service Award, and the Reginald Heber Smith Award for innovation and excellence in legal advocacy.