Meet Brendan

Brendan Crighton is the State Representative for the 11th Essex District, serving Lynn and Nahant.

Born and raised in Lynn, Brendan comes from a long line of Lynn residents steeped with a strong sense of community involvement. His maternal grandfather worked at the GE factory, his paternal grandfather fought in World War II earning a Purple Heart, and both his grandmothers worked full time while raising their families. Brendan’s mom currently works as a physical therapist, his dad and brother are both pharmacists and his sister and sister-in-law are school teachers.

Growing up, Brendan attended public schools in Lynn. At Lynn Classical, he played baseball, basketball, track and served as captain of the football team. He went on to play Division III college football. Brendan is a graduate of both Colby College and Suffolk University, where he received his Masters of Public Administration.

After college Brendan went to work as an aide to State Senator Thomas McGee, eventually serving as chief of staff. It was during this time that Brendan truly honed his desire to serve by winning a seat as Ward 5 City Councilor in Lynn. After two terms as a Ward Councilor, Brendan was elected and served a full term as a Councilor at Large.

In 2014, Brendan was elected to the House of Representatives. He currently serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small BusinessesJoint Committee on Public Health, and the Joint Committee Revenue.

Brendan and his wife Andrea are homeowners in Lynn, where they reside with their two-year old son Nathaniel. 

Brendan and his wife Andrea are Lynn homeowners, where they reside with their two-year old son Nathaniel. 

During his time in public office Brendan has fought hard for his district:

  • Worked to revive Lynn's Downtown and Waterfront by developing a smarter zoning ordinance, creating an expedited permitting process, investing in infrastructure that improved access and walkability.
  • Helped deliver record amounts of local aid for our municipalities, schools, roads and sidewalks. 
  • Supported and fought for new laws including a first in the nation opioid law, bump stock ban, equal pay for women, pregnant worker fairness, public worker safety, and job creation.
  • Restored local infrastructure by working to secure funding for maintenance of Red Rock Park and Lynn Shore Reservation.
  • Improved the quality of our local beaches through an appropriation for algae removal from Lynn and Nahant shorelines.
  • Led the charge to upgrade dozens of parks and playgrounds including Gallagher, McManus, Lynn Woods, Lynn Common, and Fraser Field.
  • Authored a nationally recognized Complete Streets Ordinance that qualifies Lynn for additional funding and will help improve the safety and accessibility of our streets and sidewalks for all users including pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
  • Stands with our first responders by sponsoring amendments to fund safety equipment for Firefighters and the Lynn Police Behavioral Health Unit that helps in the fight against the opioid epidemic.
  • Promoted arts and culture by creating the Lynn Public Arts Commission, sponsoring several mural projects, and making major investments in Lynn Auditorium.