Sens.-elect Gomez, Cronin pledge focus on equity

When the next Senate is sworn in Wednesday, it will have two new members: John Cronin, a Democrat from Lunenburg, and Adam Gomez, a Springfield Democrat.

Gomez, the body’s first Afro-Latino senator, brings a progressive lens to policy, while Cronin brings a military background. Both senators say they will focus on equity.

The two senators-elect sat down with the Codcast to introduce themselves and discuss their expectations for the session.

Gomez is a community organizer and Springfield city councilor who comes from a Puerto Rican family with a tradition of military service. Gomez says with issues like police reform and race relations at the center of the national dialogue, he can bring his lived experience to the Senate as someone with African and Caribbean heritage.

Gomez says he has a “progressive ideology” and often supports left-leaning legislation because “it’s part of my values, my morals, and I think it’s the right thing to do.”

Cronin is a US Army captain who deployed twice to Afghanistan and has done veterans advocacy work at a legal services center in Boston.

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Shira Schoenberg is a reporter at CommonWealth magazine. Shira previously worked for more than seven years at the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com where she covered state politics and elections, covering topics as diverse as the launch of the legal marijuana industry, problems with the state's foster care system and the elections of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker. Shira won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism and has had several stories win awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Shira covered the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she wrote about state government, City Hall and Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign. Shira holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

About Shira Schoenberg

Shira Schoenberg is a reporter at CommonWealth magazine. Shira previously worked for more than seven years at the Springfield Republican/MassLive.com where she covered state politics and elections, covering topics as diverse as the launch of the legal marijuana industry, problems with the state's foster care system and the elections of U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Gov. Charlie Baker. Shira won the Massachusetts Bar Association's 2018 award for Excellence in Legal Journalism and has had several stories win awards from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. Shira covered the 2012 New Hampshire presidential primary for the Boston Globe. Before that, she worked for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she wrote about state government, City Hall and Barack Obama's 2008 New Hampshire primary campaign. Shira holds a master's degree from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism.

Cronin opposed the Senate version of the recent police reform bill because he thought it went too far in subjecting police officers to civil liability, though he supports the compromise that became law. He resists the labels centrist or progressive, saying he will choose to support bills based on “whether I believe it’s the right thing and whether I believe it’s the right thing for my district.”