Massachusetts Senate 2nd Essex and 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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Barry R. Finegold
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?
From 2011 to 2015 and from 2018 through 2020, I have had the great privilege of serving as the State Senator for the Second Essex and Middlesex District, which includes all of Andover, Dracut, Lawrence, and Tewksbury. Previously, I served for fourteen years as a State Representative for Andover, Lawrence, and Tewksbury. At age 24, I was elected as the youngest Selectman in Andover’s history and served from 1994 to 1996. I live in Andover with my wife, Amy, and my three children.
My top two legislative priorities are strengthening our public education system and protecting quality healthcare. During my time in the State House, I have helped secure increased public education funding for local school districts, advocated to improve school safety programming, and supported new high school projects in Dracut and Tewksbury. Secondly, as the coronavirus pandemic has made clear, we need to expand access to quality healthcare and support local hospitals.
This is an important, ongoing conversation. Until we have a better sense of how much relief the federal government will provide to state and local governments, it is premature to discuss what steps will be needed to balance the budget.
This is not a time to stay silent on climate change issues. From severe storms to record heatwaves, climate change has impacted my district and communities across the Commonwealth. In 2009 and 2010, when I served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, I championed renewable energy policies that have helped improve the environment, create jobs, and made Massachusetts a leader in clean energy. I am eager to continue this work going forward.
I was proud to support the Senate’s Reform, Shift, and Build Act, which is a step in the right direction towards greater accountability and equity in our law enforcement system. I strongly believe that we need to increase diversity in our police departments, and I have worked closely with Mayor Rivera to help make the Lawrence Police Department the first majority-minority police department in the Commonwealth. I have also collaborated with local community organizations to help reduce recidivism.
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