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Sonia Chang-Diaz
Sonia Chang-Diaz.jpg
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Virginia, 2000
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
Office website
Personal website
Sonia Chang-Diaz is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Suffolk district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Chang-Diaz earned her bachelor's degree in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia in 2000. Her professional experience includes working as a senior legislative aide for former senator Cheryl Jacques, outreach director for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, teacher for the Lynn and Boston school districts, and political adviser for the Barbara Lee Family Office.[1]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Chang-Diaz served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets
Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Joint
Education Joint, Chair
Municipalities and Regional Government Joint, Vice-chair
Public Safety and Homeland Security Joint
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Chang-Diaz served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Chang-Diaz served on these committees:



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Chang-Diaz won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Second Suffolk. Chang-Diaz defeated Roy Owens in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6.[2]

Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSonia Rosa Chang-Diaz Incumbent 83.4% 8,904
Roy Owens 16.6% 1,773
Total Votes 10,677


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Chang-Diaz won re-election to the Second Suffolk District seat in 2010. Hassan Williams ran against him in the primary. The primary election took place on September 14, 2010. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Suffolk District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sonia Chang-Diaz (D) 38,997
All Others 650
Blanks 9,127


On November 4, 2008, Chang-Diaz won the Senate election for the Second Suffolk district.[3] In this election she raised $218,713; of that total $195,087 (89.2%) was from in state contributions and $23,626 (10.8%) was from out of state contributions.[4]

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Suffolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Sonia Chang-Diaz (D) 55,865
William Leonard (Socialist Workers Party) 3,080
Dianne Wilkerson (Write-In) 988
All Others 597
Blanks 10,147

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Chang-Diaz received $95,872 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[5]


In 2008 Sonia Chang-Diaz collected $218,713 in donations.[6]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $21,543
Barbara Lee $1,000
Linda & Paul Krouner $1,000
Cheryl Cronin $1,000


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Chang-Diaz was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been involved with MassVOTE and the Parish Council of Saint Mary of the Angels Church.

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