Sonia Chang-Díaz

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Sonia Chang-Díaz
Sonya Chang-Diaz.jpg
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the 2nd Suffolk district
Assumed office
Preceded by Dianne Wilkerson
Personal details
Born (1978-03-31) March 31, 1978 (age 40)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater University of Virginia
Occupation Teacher
Website Campaign website

Sonia Rosa Chang-Díaz (born March 31, 1978[1]) is an American politician who represents the 2nd Suffolk District in the Massachusetts Senate.[2] She is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts Senate.[3]


Chang-Díaz has both Chinese and Costa Rican heritage through her father Franklin Chang-Díaz, a Costa Rican-American physicist and former NASA astronaut. Sonia Chang-Díaz was born shortly after her father earned his Doctor of Science degree from MIT. Chang-Díaz grew up in Newton, Massachusetts, where her mother was a social worker, and both her parents were active volunteers in the community.[4]

Before seeking election Chang-Díaz was a teacher in the Lynn school system, a teacher in the Boston Public Schools system, and an outreach director for the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. She lives in Jamaica Plain,[5] she is married.

On January 16, 2014, Chang-Diaz became one of the first elected officials in Massachusetts to endorse Don Berwick for Governor of Massachusetts, she has since served as Chair of Berwick's campaign.[6]

Massachusetts Senate campaigns[edit]

In 2006, incumbent state senator Dianne Wilkerson failed to submit nomination papers with enough signatures for certification on the Democratic primary election, requiring her to run a write-in campaign for the party's nomination. Chang-Díaz entered the race as write-in as well, challenging Wilkerson in a minority-majority district covering a number of the inner-city neighborhoods of Boston. Wilkerson won the nomination and was re-elected.

In 2008, Chang-Díaz challenged Wilkerson again for the party's nomination, with both candidates appearing on the ballot; in the September 2008 primary election, Chang-Diaz was offered free social media marketing and campaign promotions by Boston activist and radio host Amir "M.C. Spice" Shakir.[7] Chang-Díaz won the Democratic nomination.[8] Chang-Díaz won the general election on November 4, 2008 and was sworn into office in January 2009.[9]


External links[edit]

Massachusetts Senate
Preceded by
Dianne Wilkerson
Massachusetts State Senator for 2nd Suffolk District