|President pro tempore of the Massachusetts Senate|
|Assumed office |
March 20, 2019
|Preceded by||Marc R. Pacheco|
|Member of the Massachusetts Senate|
from the 1st Suffolk and Middlesex district
|Assumed office |
January 24, 2012
|Preceded by||Steven Tolman|
|Born||March 21, 1957|
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Education||Harvard University (BA, JD)|
William N. Brownsberger (born March 21, 1957) is an American state legislator and President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts Senate representing the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District which includes his hometown of Belmont, as well as Watertown, and parts of Allston, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, and Back Bay which are neighborhoods of Boston. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2013 special election to succeed Ed Markey in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Early life and education
Brownsberger was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1978 and then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1983.
A member of the Democratic Party, he ran uncontested in a January 2012 special election to replace Steven Tolman in the Massachusetts Senate, having won a crowded Democratic primary. He was sworn in on January 24, 2012. He was then re-elected in November 2012 to a 2-year term to the 188th General Court, with redistricting that removed areas of Cambridge and added more of Boston. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2007 representing the 24th Middlesex district. Before that, he served three terms as a Belmont Selectman and as Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General for six years. He is a full-time legislator, with a career that spans law, business, and public service. A full profile of Senator Brownsberger's professional and civic experience can be viewed at his website. He was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America when he ran for re-election to the State House in 2010.
His Senate profile including the Bills and Laws he has sponsored and co-sponsored can be viewed at the Massachusetts General Court website.
Senator Brownsberger serves as:
- Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary
- Vice-chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics
- Member of the Senate Ways and Means Committee
- Member of the Joint Committee on Election Laws
- Member of the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government
- Member of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means
- Member of the Special Senate Committee to Improve Government
- Co-chair of the Special Commission to Reduce the Recidivism of Sex Offenders
- Member of the Standing Commission on Criminal Justice
- Member of the Supreme Judicial Court's Committee on Indigency
- Co-chair of the Working Group of the Council of State Governments Massachusetts Criminal Law Review
His legislative priorities include justice and human rights, transparency in government, financial responsibility, environmental responsibility, education innovation, and transportation.
Brownsberger ran unsuccessfully in the 2013 special election to succeed U.S. Representative Ed Markey, who resigned in June 2013 to take a seat in the U.S. Senate. Brownsberger's congressional candidate website can be viewed at WB4Congress.com.
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- General Election Results. Elect Will Brownsberger.
- Miller, Joshua (July 1, 2013). "Candidates propose 'People's Pledge' for US House race". The Boston Globe.
- Re-Elect Will Brownsberger 2012 state Senate campaign site
- Will Brownsberger, State Senator constituency site
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Meet the candidates for state Senate: Will Brownsberger, Boston Globe, November 30, 2011
Marc R. Pacheco
| President pro tempore of the Massachusetts Senate