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Adam G. Hinds is an American politician. He currently serves as a State Senator in the Massachusetts Senate representing the district of Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden. Hinds previously worked for the United Nations in the Middle East.

Adam G. Hinds
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Hinds in 2019
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin, and Hampden district
Assumed office
January 4, 2017
Preceded byBenjamin Downing
Personal details
BornGreenfield, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Domestic partnerDr. Alicia J. Mireles Christoff
ResidencePittsfield, Massachusetts
Alma materWesleyan University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
Websitehttps://www.adamhinds.org/

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CareerEdit

United States Congressman John OlverEdit

After college, Hinds was Field Director for US Congressman John Olver’s 1998 re-election campaign in the 1st Congressional District of Massachusetts. Hinds spent time volunteering in India before returning as Campaign Director for Congressman Olver during 2000.[1]

John Kerry for PresidentEdit

After graduate school, Hinds joined John Kerry’s presidential campaign. During the democratic primary Hinds led a field office in New Hampshire.[2][3] During the general election Hinds was part of the National Security and Foreign Policy team, working directly for Susan Rice.[4]

United NationsEdit

United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)Edit

Hinds joined the United Nations in 2005. He was a Political Officer based in Baghdad working for the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). In 2007 he spent two years as part of the Iraq Team in the Department of Political Affairs at UN Headquarters in New York. Hinds returned to Iraq in 2009 as a Team Leader in UN-led negotiations between the Kurdistan region and the Government of Iraq.[5]

United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO)Edit

From 2011-2013, Hinds was based in Jerusalem working with the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) as a Regional Affairs Officer. In April 2012, Hinds joined former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan on assignment in Geneva.[6] During that period Kofi Annan was Special Envoy for Syria and brokered the first cease-fire in the violence in Syria that emerged as part of the Arab Spring.[7]

Syria Team & OPCW-UN Joint Mission in SyriaEdit

Hinds returned to New York in 2013 to join the Syria Team in the Department of Political Affairs where he worked on post-conflict preparedness and to remove Syria's chemical weapons program as part of the OPCW-UN Joint Mission in Syria.[8]

Community WorkEdit

Hinds returned to western Massachusetts in 2014 and started a program in Pittsfield, Massachusetts to work with high-risk youth at risk of being involved in violence and gang participation.[9] He then became the Executive Director of the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, an organization that works on community development, including addressing youth development, addiction, and rural health access.[10]

Massachusetts State SenateEdit

Hinds was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in November 2016 and was re-elected in 2018. Hinds is the Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue and serves on the following committees within the Senate Chamber: the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, Education, Healthcare Financing, Rules, and Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development. Hinds is the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Redistricting.[11][12]

Personal lifeEdit

On December 19, 2019 it was announced that Hinds was engaged to be married to Dr. Alicia Mireles Christoff.[13]

Electoral historyEdit

2016 State Senate Primary[14]
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Adam G. Hinds (won) 54.42% 8,455
Democratic Andrea C. Harrington 38.53% 5,986
Democratic Rinaldo Del Gallo 7.05% 1,096
2016 State Senate General Election[15]
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Adam G. Hinds (won) 70.17% 53,216
Republican Christine M. Canning 29.83% 22,624
2018 State Senate Primary[16]
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Adam G. Hinds (won) 87.49% 21,242
Democratic Thomas Wickham 12.51% 3,036

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Daily Hampshire Gazette Political Notebook
  2. ^ Daily Hampshire Gazette
  3. ^ Project Vote Smart
  4. ^ Berkshire Edge
  5. ^ Western Mass Political Insight
  6. ^ iBerkshires
  7. ^ The Guardian, Kofi Annan Ceasefire Plans
  8. ^ MassLive.com
  9. ^ iBerkshires, Pittsfield Hires Gang Prevention Program Coordinator
  10. ^ Berkshire Eagle, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition Announces New Executive Director
  11. ^ "Senator Adam G. Hinds". malegislature.gov. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  12. ^ "About". Committee to Elect Adam Hinds. Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  13. ^ State Sen Hinds gets engaged
  14. ^ "Adam G. Hinds - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  15. ^ "Adam G. Hinds - Ballotpedia". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  16. ^ "Adam Hinds - Ballotpedia". Ballotpedia. Retrieved 2018-09-08.