Brendan Crighton is the State Representative for the 11th Essex District, serving Lynn and Nahant.
Born and raised in Lynn, Brendan comes from a long line of Lynn residents steeped with a strong sense of community involvement. His maternal grandfather worked at the GE factory, his paternal grandfather fought in World War II earning a Purple Heart, and both his grandmothers worked full time while raising their families. Brendan’s mom currently works as a physical therapist, his dad and brother are both pharmacists and his sister and sister-in-law are school teachers.
Growing up, Brendan attended public schools in Lynn. At Lynn Classical, he played baseball, basketball, track and served as captain of the football team. He went on to play Division III college football. Brendan is a graduate of both Colby College and Suffolk University, where he received his Masters of Public Administration.
After college Brendan went to work as an aide to State Senator Thomas McGee, eventually serving as chief of staff. It was during this time that Brendan truly honed his desire to serve by winning a seat as Ward 5 City Councilor in Lynn. After two terms as a Ward Councilor, Brendan was elected and served a full term as a Councilor at Large.
In 2014, Brendan was elected to the House of Representatives. He currently serves as a member of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, Joint Committee on Public Health, and the Joint Committee Revenue.
Brendan and his wife Andrea are homeowners in Lynn, where they reside with their two-year old son Nathaniel.