Boston (February 16, 2021) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement on the passing of former Massachusetts State Representative Doris Bunte. Senator Markey served with Bunte in the Massachusetts State House from 1973-1976.
“When there was no path, Doris Bunte charted one. When there was no example, Doris Bunte became one. When there was no choice, Doris Bunte made history. Doris Bunte was a fearless pioneer in the Massachusetts State House who never wavered in her commitment to the principles she believed in – justice, integrity, access to opportunity. When we served together in the State House, she was counsel, inspiration, and friend. She taught me life-long lessons about the dignity of a safe home, the power of womanhood, and the rights of every person to lift themselves up and make a better world. All of us in Massachusetts owe this history-maker and trailblazer endless gratitude. From her leadership desegregating the Boston Housing Authority, to her advocacy for Roxbury Community College, and her legacy creating Massachusetts’ first majority-Black State Senate district, Doris dedicated her life and career to the fight for justice. She spoke truth to power every day, and now it’s up to us to carry her legacy forward. I extend my deepest condolences to the family, friends, and loved ones of Doris Bunte. We have all been blessed to have had her touch our lives.”