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

Senate President Stan Rosenberg

Senator Stanley C. Rosenberg was elected 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate by his colleagues in January, 2015. Throughout his career in public service, he has remained steadfastly committed to Massachusetts values – like supporting working families, protecting our environment, increasing government transparency, and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed.

Stan is a 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.A. in Community Development & Arts Management. Shortly after graduating, he began his work in public service as an aide to former State Senator and Congressman John Olver.

He was elected to the Massachusetts House in 1987 and then to the Senate in 1991, where he has been entrusted by his colleagues with leadership positions such as Majority Leader and Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. To his neighbors in the Pioneer Valley, Stan is seen as an accessible reformer and a pragmatic progressive. Western Mass values like inclusion and equality inform his worldview – Stan was a chief strategist behind a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling, and a key leader in the battle on Beacon Hill to preserve the newly-won right of same-sex marriage in 2003.

Stan believes that government works better when a diversity of viewpoints are heard. In his time as President, he has transformed the culture of the Senate by empowering and engaging his colleagues in a model he calls “Shared Leadership,” which encourages participation and cooperation. And he has embraced technology and community outreach, creating a more accessible, modern and engaged Senate which reacts quickly to the needs of voters. Stan’s push to make government more responsive stretches back to 1993, when he co-authored the “Motor Voter” bill to modernize our voting system and boost voter turnout. He was later asked two times to redraw Massachusetts’ political boundaries during the redistricting process, earning high praise the second time for an exceptionally transparent process which created a new minority-majority district.

Stan’s attention seldom strays far from fighting for working families and growing our economy from the bottom up. As Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, he passed a long-overdue wage hike for the Commonwealth’s lowest-paid human service workers. His tireless work to increase funding for education from early childhood to college has driven the creation of an innovation economy which keeps Massachusetts competitive. In 1998 he secured passage of the first Massachusetts Earned Income Tax Credit with a state match of 15% of the federal credit.  In 2015, he spearheaded the first EITC increase since its inception, helping over 400,000 working families by increasing it to 23% of the federal level. As Majority Leader, he helped secure votes to increase the minimum wage in three steps to $11/ hour, giving low-wage workers a much-needed raise. Months into his tenure as Senate President, he launched an ambitious “WorkFirst” Program to divert the long-term unemployed and underemployed into stable employment and off government assistance.

To his friends and colleagues, Stan possesses a strong moral compass towards what is right. He is a self-proclaimed “workaholic” and can often found attending church suppers and community meetings, enjoying farmers’ markets, auctioning pies, and exploring new restaurants. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, languages, and cooking – especially his “famous” tomato sauce. He lives in Amherst with his spouse Bryon.

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