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South End

Born in Puerto Rico, State Rep. Jon Santiago and his family left in search of opportunity in Boston. They found it, but they also experienced a community fractured by gun violence, struggling schools, and worsening inequity. 

After college, Jon volunteered for the Peace Corps, won a Fulbright Scholarship, and spent almost five years working across Europe, Latin America, and Africa. He returned to Boston with a plan to study medicine and give back to his community. A graduate of Yale School of Medicine, Jon now works as an ER doctor at Boston Medical Center and, following a family tradition, he also serves as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve. 


As a state representative in the Massachusetts legislature. Jon has fought to address health disparities and combat the opioid epidemic, and he has worked to expand affordable housing and pass landmark education reform. Jon works closely with community organizations including ABCD to improve the lives of his neighbors. He lives in the South End with his wife Alexandra and son Rafael."

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