B.A. in Government and Economics, Harvard College; M.B.A. Finance Track, Massachussetts Institute of Technology
KEY HEALTH LINK
Auchincloss’ mother, Laurie Glimcher, is the first female CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. His father, Hugh Auchincloss, is Dr. Tony Fauci’s top deputy and his brother Hugh is a thoracic surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital who led teams in COVID response. His sister, Kalah Auchincloss, served as Deputy Chief of Staff for two FDA Commissioners.
Newton City Councilmember At-Large, 2015-2021
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
Auchincloss ran in the 2020 Democratic Primary in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District in a field of nine candidates. He took on Republican Julie Hall in the general election to succeed retiring Democratic Representative Joe Kennedy.
Joe Kennedy (D), declined to seek re-election in order to enter the Democratic primary for MA Senate
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Newton City Councilmember
Auchincloss served in the Marines until running for office in 2015, seeking the at-large City Council seat in Newton, MA. He was re-elected in 2017 and 2019. While on the City Council, Auchincloss served as Chair of the Public Safety & Transportation Committee.
On The Issues
Auchincloss intends to make his first priority increasing access to COVID-19 testing and promoting legislation that is science-based. He wants to provide federal aid for public schools and "be a champion for jobs and a green economic recovery" in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Auchincloss strongly supports protecting and expanding the ACA. He does not support Medicare for All, saying, "Health care should be a right, and I would support a bill that gets us to universal access. But I would not support doubling the federal budget and eliminating private insurance for the 85% of Americans who have it, in one fell swoop. We need to take a hybrid approach, to begin, that includes a robust public option."
Auchincloss believes that marijuana policy should be left to the states. In 2016, Auchincloss voiced his opposition to Massachusetts' ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
Auchincloss attended a political rally with Sen. Markey in support of urgently expanding medication-assisted treatment to help save lives. He also supports federal government support for wrap-around services for mental health. He supports safe consumption sites.
Auchincloss supports allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and allowing importation of drugs from Canada and other countries, a faster approval process for genetics and price transparency from pharma. He does not support federal government manufacturing generics.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Auchincloss is pro-choice. As a member of Congress, Auchincloss intends to work to defend Title X, strengthen the ACA's birth control mandate, eliminate the global gag rule, codify Roe v. Wade into law, push for the elimination of the Hyde Amendment and support senators that will vote for "pro-choice federal judges."
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
Auchincloss supports federal legislation to ensure that workers can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave for a pregnancy, birth, adoption or serious illness of themselves or a family member. He favors increased federal support for the life sciences, a major industry in Massachusetts.
DID YOU KNOW?
Auchincloss’s grandfather Hugh D. Auchincloss’s second wife, Nina S. Vidal, was the mother of American writer and intellectual Gore Vidal. His grandfather’s third wife, Janet Lee Bouvier, was the mother of former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.