art“The best way to win someone’s trust is to tell the truth; clearly, forcefully, directly” -Stan

Latest News:

  • Senate Passes the Mental Health Education Bill

  • The Senate Passes the Property Tax Bill

  • Senate Passes the Healthy Youth Bill

  • Senate Passes the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

T he founders of our Commonwealth, with their quill pens and parchment, probably never imagined that information, the soul of democracy, could move at the speed of light. I hope you will use this online office to share your opinions, ask questions, look for answers, and find out more about the work I do to further our common causes across our district and across Massachusetts. Our strength in this state has always been our people – with this website I hope to bring you into the State House with me, increasing transparency, conversation, and access so that you may always have an open door to my office.


It is my privilege to serve you in the State Senate, and I hope this website will keep our lines of communication open and our partnership strong.

P.S. don't forget to sign up for my online newsletter, like me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

BOSTON-Today the Joint Committee on Judiciary released an omnibus criminal justice reform package that will reduce recidivism, lower costs, and reform some mandatory minimums while implementing other penalties.  The goals of the bill are to encourage authorities to lift people up instead of locking them up and at the same time so support law enforcement in addressing the most serious crimes.

“In state after state criminal justice reform has led to lower incarceration rates, lower crime rates, and lower recidivism rates. It’s time Massachusetts joins the national let’s get smart on crime movement, protecting public safety while improving outcomes with our precious tax dollars,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).

09-29-2017   Press Release

BOSTON—Today, Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) and Senator Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester) held the 1st annual Senate Food Drive in which donations collected will provide 246 healthy meals for those in need. Canned goods and dry goods were collected throughout the week of September 18 – 22 and all items were donated to the Greater Boston Food Bank. 

“Hunger is a reality everywhere that continues to impact far too many members of our community,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst). “I’m proud of the Senate for coming together to help people dealing with issues related to hunger and providing people the nourishment they need.”

09-27-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-Today the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation providing for property tax breaks for numerous members of society including low-income seniors, veterans, and the disabled.  The bill, S. 2124 An Act improving real property tax abatements, application deadlines, and deferrals, is sponsored by Senator Michael Brady(D-Brockton) Senate Chairman of the Joint Committee on Revenue.  The bill incorporates legislation filed by Senators Creem, Jehlen, O’Connor-Ives, Rodrigues, and Tarr.

“A society is judged on how we treat our most vulnerable.  Today’s legislation reduces the tax burden on our low-income seniors, the disabled, and our military service personnel,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “The Senate continues to look for ways to help those in need while balancing the needs of local communities to provide services to our residents.” 

07-27-2017   Press Release

BOSTON-- Today, the Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed legislation that updates the existing statute relative to English language education in public schools to encompass the latest and best practices serving English Language Learners (ELLs) and to recognize the value of bilingualism as a skill essential to improving career and college readiness and competiveness in the global economy.

An Act for language opportunity for our kids (S.2125), also known as the LOOK Bill, removes the current mandate requiring schools to use Sheltered English Immersion (SEI), or English-only programs, as the default ELL program model, thereby giving schools the flexibility to establish programs based on the unique needs of their students.

“By allowing parents and local school districts the flexibility to choose the most effective programs to cater to the specific needs of their students is not only good public policy but also what is best for our students to be successful,” said Senate President Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst).  “We live in a global community and we must be able to adapt to the changing needs of our communities in a thoughtful and constructive way.  This bill achieves that purpose.”

07-27-2017   Press Release

By Stan Rosenberg and Jim Welch

Massachusetts has consistently been a national leader in improving health care access and working to address high health care costs. We were the first state in the nation to provide near universal insurance coverage through health care reform legislation passed in 2006 and continue to pursue solutions to help drive costs down, such as those contained in legislation passed in 2012. These steps are a testament to the fact that as a Commonwealth we are willing to think creatively and boldly to achieve a healthcare system that works for all our residents.

Right now in the health care world there is a great deal of uncertainty and instability due to changes being considered at the federal level that would result in higher costs for seniors and children with disabilities, a loss of federal revenue for the state, and a reduction in payments for health care providers. It's unclear how such changes will impact the state's ability to deliver on its goal of universal access to quality, affordable health care. Without regard to what's happening in D.C., Massachusetts needs to continue to innovate and create a sustainable health care system for both our residents and our economy. Health care costs currently strain not only the state's budget, but also those of our businesses and families.

07-21-2017   In The News
Go to top