Jordan Meehan is an activist, a lawyer, and a renter, born to working-class parents in Boston. He’s running for State Representative in the 17th Suffolk District to fight for housing justice, tenants’ rights, fixes to our public transit system, and bold action on climate change.
A longtime environmental activist, Jordan has recently served as the Chair of the Massachusetts Sierra Club’s Political Committee, supporting candidates across Massachusetts to protect the environment and fight for climate action. He is also an active member of the Allston-Brighton node of 350 Mass, a statewide network of climate activists. A vocal and persistent advocate for public transportation, Jordan has long pushed for increased funding for the MBTA and worked on the successful campaign to establish a bus and bike-only lane on Brighton Ave in Allston. Jordan also organized a renters’ forum for the 2019 district city council election in Allston-Brighton to highlight the urgent issues facing young renters in the neighborhood.
Because Jordan came out as gay when he was 15 and was fortunate to receive unconditional love and acceptance from his parents, he has pursued LTBTQ activism throughout his life. Jordan’s most recent role is with the Massachusetts Commission on LGBTQ Youth. He works in partnership with youth advocates, community organizations, and over a dozen state agencies to advance policies and resources to better the lives of LGBTQ youth across the state. Jordan advocates for policy and legislative solutions to help homeless youth, reform our juvenile justice system, and build safe and supportive school environments for LGBTQ youth.
Jordan has worked on several campaigns, including Maura Healey’s 2014 campaign for Attorney General. Healey’s campaign, and her dedication to using the law to fight for working people, was a key factor in Jordan’s decision to go to law school and pursue public service.
Jordan continued his pursuit of public service while in law school, serving as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Queer Law Alliance.
Jordan became an intern for the Navy JAG Corps and worked in legal assistance, advocating for disability benefits for transgender soldiers after Defense Secretary Ash Carter lifted the ban on transgender troops serving openly, and further pushed for expanded consumer protections for service members. At the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Jordan worked on high-profile cases of various natures — including assisting with the prosecution of an auto shop owner who illegally dumped thousands of gallons of waste oil into the Merrimack River. Jordan also worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, investigating allegations of discrimination against English language learner students with disabilities.
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