I am Chris Hendricks and I am a candidate for State Representative for the 11th Bristol District.
I was born and raised in New Bedford and currently live on Branscomb Street in the North End. Growing up, I played baseball at Clegg Field and attended New Bedford Public Schools. I worked as a bartender for many years and also painted fishing boats on the water in Fairhaven when I was younger. I graduated from New Bedford High School in 2001 and from Temple University in Philadelphia with a degree in History. I’ve also had internships at the District Attorney's Office and, most recently, with State Senator Mark Montigny’s office at the Statehouse while in law school. I graduated from UMass School of Law in 2014.
While I was in law school I was afforded the opportunity to work at a firm that specializes in representing injured workers in their pursuit for workers compensation benefits. It wasn’t an area of law that particularly interested me at first but it was a chance at a reputable firm and I jumped at the opportunity. So I began advocating for those who have a lot at stake with a lot in jeopardy. Going to bat for someone who was injured and can no longer work is extremely rewarding and pursuing justice against multi-billion dollar insurance companies has taught me quite a bit. I have seen how society, and those with all the power, take advantage of working people on a routine basis. I developed, early on, an energy and passion for fighting in court and advocating for the people of the Southcoast and others across the Commonwealth.
I decided to run for this office because the middle class, quite frankly, is under attack. Union rights, consumer protections, and economic fairness have never been more vulnerable. This is why we need strong leaders to fight to protect these rights.