Elected to the House of Representatives in the fall of 2008, Carolyn Dykema represents the residents of the Massachusetts 8th Middlesex District, which includes the communities of Holliston, Hopkinton, Southborough and precinct 2 of Westborough.
Prior to entering the legislature, Representative Dykema worked as a marketing professional in the fields of financial services and environmental consulting. She became engaged with local government in 1999 with an appointment to the Holliston Sewer Action Committee, and has since served continuously in public service at both the local and state levels, including service on the Holliston Planning Board, MetroWest Growth Management Committee, and state Energy Facilities Siting Board, to which she was appointed by Governor Patrick in 2007.
Rep. Dykema currently serves on four legislative committees in the House, including serving as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Transportation as well as a member of the Committee on Health Care Financing; Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy; and Committee on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities.
As a state representative, Rep. Dykema has distinguished herself as a proven leader in advocating for veterans as the founder of the MetroWest Veterans Consortium, and in promoting infrastructure investments as the current House chair of the MetroWest Legislative Caucus and past co-chair of the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Finance Commission. As chair of the legislative sub-committee on dually-involved youth, she is focusing on adolescent mental health and juvenile justice reform. Rep. Dykema also serves as the Treasurer of the Women’s Legislative Caucus.
A fourth-generation Massachusetts resident, Rep. Dykema is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an MBA from Indiana University. Rep. Dykema and her husband Bill live in Holliston and are the proud parents of David, Julia, and Andrew.