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Massachusetts Senate 3rd Middlesex

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district of approximately 159,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each Senator is approximately $66,256

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  • Michael J. Barrett

Biographical Information

State your relevant background.

What are your top two legislative priorities for the next session, and why?

Coping with COVID-19 has resulted in decreased state revenues and increased expenses in unexpected areas. Name two specific steps the state should take to balance the budget.

How is climate change impacting your district? How do you plan to address it?

What would you do to eliminate systemic racism in Massachusetts? In particular, what steps would you take to prevent police violence and promote fairness within the justice system?

Senator representing Bedford, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Lincoln, Waltham, and Weston, and large parts of Lexington and Sudbury.
Climate change. As Senate chair of the Committee on Telecommunications, Energy And Utilities, I write the climate and clean energy legislation that comes out of the Senate.

Housing and economic development. Recovery from the pandemic will be complex, and will need to be balanced with environmental and climate priorities.
First, we state officials need to wait on the feds and see how much, and in what ways, they are prepared to help. Once we know, we need to assemble a comprehensive plan of our own.
I served as principle author of An Act Setting Next-Generation Climate Policy, enacted by the State Senate in January of this year. By the time this guide is published, I hope to be part of a three-person team representing the Senate in negotiations with the House on a final climate bill representing a consensus between the branches. Don't know yet what we'll manage to include in it, but I have high hopes.
I voted for the police reform bill passed by the Senate. My particular contribution was to propose and help fashion demilitarization steps for Massachusetts law enforcement. As the League knows, at the moment, local and state police organizations procure surplus military gear from the DOD. Some of it is highly inappropriate. All of it escapes local and state oversight. The language I wrote, included in the Senate bill that passed, would create oversight at the local and state level both.