John Fernandes ’74 serves as state representative for the 10th Worcester District consisting of the towns of Milford, Mendon, Hopedale and Precinct One in the town of Medway.
Having entered the legislature in January 2007, Fernandes currently serves as house chairman of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Additionally, he serves as the house chair of the Legislature’s Manufacturing Caucus and formerly served as a member of the Boston Bar Association Task Force to Reform Civil Legal Aid.
As co-chair of the legislature’s Alimony Reform Task Force, Fernandes contributed to the passage of the sweeping reforms to the Massachusetts Alimony law, which has been hailed in Massachusetts and nationally as a model for alimony reform. He also sponsored and secured passage of the Post-Conviction DNA Testing law that provided a process for access to DNA testing of evidence for those convicted of serious crimes where that testing had not been previously available. Nationwide such testing has resulted in overturning some 200 cases of wrongful criminal convictions.
With a long history of service to the community, Fernandes was elected a member of the Milford Board of Selectmen at the age of twenty-two. He also served for nine years as a member of the Milford School Committee and seven years as a member of School Committee for the Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School, before being elected to the Massachusetts legislature.
Fernandes received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts and his law degree from Suffolk University. He was the first in his family to graduate college and became the first person of Portuguese heritage to practice law in Milford.
Register today for An Evening with Representative John Fernandes '74 on November 12, 2015.