State Sen. Hinds gets engaged

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Adam Hinds is getting hitched. The Berkshire state senator announced via Twitter recently that he's engaged to Alicia Mireles Christoff, an English professor at Amherst College.

"Her family is from Mexico, so it was especially meaningful that I got to ask her while in Mexico," he tweeted this week.

Hinds proposed on Monday, somewhat surprising his fiancee, a Detroit native, he said in a Eagle phone interview on Thursday.

The couple have been dating for about 18 months and were introduced by mutual friends, Hinds said. They expect to have a Berkshire wedding. A date has not been announced.

Hinds says taking to social media on such a personal matter is a rarity, but he had to share the good news.

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"I couldn't hold back on this one," he told The Eagle.

Hinds, 42, was recently re-elected to a second two-year term to the Massachusetts Senate, defeating Lee Selectman Thomas Wickham in the state Democratic primary and running unopposed in the November general election.

In his first term, Hinds has risen to become the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development and the Senate vice chairman of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. The Buckland native also serves on the powerful Senate Ways and Means Committee, which helps formulate the annual state budget and addresses other money matters.

Hinds represents the largest legislative district in the commonwealth — nearly the size of Rhode Island — covering 52 communities in Berkshire, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties.

He has experience in federal government and international law, having worked 10 years for the United Nations, focusing on the Middle East.


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