An attorney, Finegold was elected to the House in 1996 at the age of 25. When UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan resigned from Congress in 2007, Finegold joined a crowded Democratic field of candidates in a race eventually won by U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas.
Finegold is currently co-chair of the Committee on Election Laws, and is in the process of negotiating a bill with the House that could legalize early voting and election-day voter registration in Massachusetts. He is perhaps most well-known on Beacon Hill for his work to pass the “baby safe haven” law that designated locations, such as emergency rooms or fire and police stations, where a parent can leave a newborn if they are unable to care for it.
Finegold lives in Andover with his wife Amy and their three children, Ava, Ella and Max.