Bio

An American Story

When he was fourteen, Tony’s parents left everything they knew and brought their family to America to start a new life.  They arrived with very little except their determination that their children get a good education.  They spoke no English, and had neither money, nor connections. Instead, they survived by clinging to a promise, to America’s promise: that through hard work and education, their children would succeed.

Tony attended school during the day, and worked at night to help support his family.  By studying hard and staying up late at the kitchen table doing homework, Tony worked his way through high school and Bristol Community College.  He went on to graduate from Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) and began a career as a public school teacher.

After getting so much support from the people of New Bedford in his early life, Tony felt compelled to enter public service and give back to his community.

Ready…Day One

Tony with his wife Jessica and daughter Victoria.

In 1990, Tony was elected to represent New Bedford in the State House of Representatives.  While in Boston, he has fought to improve the lives of New Bedford families and expand the city’s economy.  He successfully protected historic tax credits that aid job growth and development in our city, and has worked tirelessly for South Coast Rail.  Standing alongside New Bedford’s fishermen, Tony has helped hold NOAA accountable and worked to improve safety in the fishing industry.

In his efforts to keep New Bedford safe, Tony wrote legislation to keep dangerous gun offenders off our streets.  He fought for many years to reform the state’s welfare programs in ways that encourage parents to join the workforce, while protecting their children’s well-being. A strong supporter of legal immigrants, Tony has worked to help non-English speaking children learn English, and wrote legislation that preserved health care for elderly immigrants.

As a former teacher, Tony understands the critical importance of education in our community.  He has supported education reform efforts, making improvements to the 2010 School Reform law, and continues to work to reduce high school dropout rates.  Tony protected more than $100 million in annual school funds for New Bedford, and secured millions more for new school construction.  In order to protect our children while they are in school, he authored parts of the 2010 anti-bullying law.

Tony Cabral has been fighting for New Bedford in Boston.  Now he is eager to help lead New Bedford into the future as Mayor.

Experience

  • New Bedford State Representative (1991-present)
  • Chairman, Joint Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures & State Assets (2009-present)
  • Co-Chair, Gateway Cities Legislative Caucus (2008-present)
  • Member, Federal Stimulus Oversight Committee (2008-2010)
  • Chairman, Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight (2005-2009)
  • Chairman, Joint Committee on Human Services & Elderly Services (2001-2004)
  • Chairman, Speaker’s Task Force on Human Services Reform (2003)
  • Chairman, Join Committee on Election Laws (1999-2001)
  • Public school teacher

Education

  • Brown University, Graduate Studies
  • University of Massachusetts Dartmouth ’78
  • Bristol Community College ’76