Julian Cyr, a lifelong resident of Cape Cod, is the State Senator for the Cape and Islands district. Raised in his family’s small business, Julian has built a reputation for effectively advocating for issues important to Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket.
Julian was elected to represent the Cape and Islands district in the Massachusetts State Senate on November 8, 2016.
Julian has broad experience in public policy, health advocacy, organizing, and social justice. Prior to his election, he served as director of policy and regulatory affairs for environmental health at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Previously, under Governor Deval Patrick, he worked closely with members of the State Senate as deputy director for government affairs at the Department of Public Health. In his state service, he contributed to the development and implementation of significant policies and legislation, working with state agencies, the Legislature, and municipalities. From 2011-2017, Julian also served on the Massachusetts Commission on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ) Youth, including a highly productive tenure as chair in 2013 and 2014.
Julian got an early start in public advocacy for our communities at 16 years old, organizing a student-led effort at town meetings in Brewster, Eastham, Orleans, and Wellfleet to fully fund quality education in the Nauset Schools. More recently, Julian led grassroots organizing on the Cape & Islands for Governor Deval Patrick’s and President Barack Obama’s successful re-election campaigns. He has also worked as a harm-reduction counselor at the AIDS Support Group of Cape Cod. He serve on the board of directors of Health Imperatives from 2014-2017, a nonprofit health and human services agency that provides services to thousands of families and individuals on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket.
Julian interned at the White House, contributing to green jobs policy and energy efficiency in the Obama Administration at the Council on Environmental Quality. He has also worked for the William J. Clinton Foundation’s Clinton Global Initiative, where he cultivated commitments from universities and NGOs. Julian graduated with a degree in public policy and community health from New York University, where he also led undergraduate student government. While at NYU, Julian advanced student health access, equity for LGBTQ students, and initiated a community-based model of on-campus HIV screening and prevention.
Julian’s parents were the longtime proprietors of Adrian’s Restaurant, a beloved Truro destination for 28 years. He worked at Adrian’s for 14 seasons growing up, where he washed dishes, cooked behind the line, waited tables, and managed staff.