“"I know Chris Walsh is the best and only choice for State Rep. Chris has the ability to engage others in conversations and to listen as the way to build political and community coalitions. He is the independent voice to represent Framingham on Beacon Hill."

-Erica Mash

Community Involvement:
Framingham Public Library Trustee (Elected 2009)
Framingham Town Meeting, (first elected 1992)
   Ways and Means Committee
   Government Study Committee
   Planning and Zoning Committee
   Capital Budget Committee
Amazing Things Art Center, Board Member
American Institute of Architects Legislative Committee
Framingham Downtown Renaissance Committee
Framingham Historic District Commission (Chair)
Framingham Preservation Trust (Founding Member)
Downtown Rail Crossing Committee
Open Space Committee
Historic Reuse Committee
Framingham Historical Society, Past President
Framingham Improvement Association, past Board member
Framingham Civic League, past Board Member
Framingham Charrette 1997 (Founding Member)
Recognized in 1998 by the Framingham Historic Commission for “outstanding contributions to the Historic Preservation Movement in Framingham”

Associations: American Institute of Architects (AIA) 1994
Metrowest Leadership Academy Graduate 1992
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
President, Central Massachusetts American Institute of Architects

Professional: Registered Architect:
Massachusetts (1991)
New Hampshire (2006)
Rhode Island (2009)

As the son of a naval officer, Chris lived in cities and towns around the U.S. and abroad. In 1989 he moved to Framingham and chose it as the place to raise his family, establish his business and become deeply involved in the committees and organizations that make Framingham the vibrant, interesting and important community that it is.

His experience as an architect (as an aside, there are no registered architects in the General Court of the Commonwealth) gives him the ability to imagine possibilities, create solutions to problems and chart out the course for bringing ideas to life. As a business owner, Chris appreciates what it takes to create jobs, meet payroll, compete and navigate bureaucracies. His work at Town Meeting and on the many boards, commissions and committees that he has served honed his skill for collaboration and finding common ground on difficult and complex issues. And, as a parent, he knows how important a good education is if young people are to be equipped with the knowledge and preparation it takes to succeed in the 21st century.

Chris lives and works in Framingham with his wife, Cindy. Cindy Walsh also is an entrepreneur; she is the owner of Red Rover Clothing, a 15-year-old clothing design and manufacturing company. Red Rover is sold nationally through wholesalers and regionally through Cindy’s retail store at Framingham Centre and craft expositions throughout the Northeast. They have two children who went through the Framingham public school system. Daughter Kate is a recent graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and son, James, is a student at Columbia College in Chicago. Chris’s parents, Sheila and Rear Admiral Jack Walsh, U.S. Navy Ret., moved to Framingham in 1975.

In addition to his civic involvement, Chris was a long-time Framingham youth soccer coach and has taught architecture and design courses at the Boston Architectural College.