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The 192nd General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Senator Jason M. Lewis Democrat - Fifth Middlesex

State Senator Jason Lewis proudly represents the people of the Fifth Middlesex District of Massachusetts, which includes the cities and towns of Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and parts of Winchester. First elected to the Senate in 2014, he has delivered results for his district and been a progressive leader for the Commonwealth.

Senator Lewis has long championed educational equity and led the effort to pass the Student Opportunity Act in 2019, landmark legislation to ensure that every child in Massachusetts has access to a high quality public education. Senator Lewis also led the effort in 2018 to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and to create a new universal paid family and medical leave program. He was recognized for this achievement by being named an Honorable Mention for the 2018 Bostonians of the Year by the Boston Globe.

Senator Lewis is a member of Senate President Karen Spilka’s leadership team. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, the Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and the Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Reimagining Massachusetts: Post-Pandemic Resiliency. He also co-founded and co-chairs the legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus and Zero Waste Caucus.

Senator Lewis was born in South Africa and came to the United States with his family when he was twelve years old. His experience growing up in a segregated society — as South Africa was under the racist apartheid system at the time — grounded him with a deep sense of social justice, and he has been outspoken on issues of racial, gender, and LGBTQ equality.

Senator Lewis was elected to the State Senate following five years serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Prior to entering public service, he had a long track record of accomplishment in the private sector, having helped build two successful software companies. He began his career with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He held a number of senior management roles with RSA Security, a Bedford-based software company that is now part of Dell EMC, and later was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Endeca Technologies, a venture capital-backed software company in Cambridge that is now owned by Oracle.

Senator Lewis attended public schools, and, with the help of merit scholarships, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College. He also earned a MBA degree from Harvard Business School.

Jason and his wife, Susan, live in Winchester. They have two daughters, Sophie and Jessie. Susan is a middle school science teacher and also serves on the Board of the Network for Social Justice (formerly Winchester Multicultural Network). Jason is an elected member of Winchester Town Meeting. He previously served on the Winchester Finance Committee, the Winchester Master Plan Steering Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence.

Personal Information

Profession:

Legislator

Spouse:

Susan Lewis

Children:

2

Education & Public Service

  • Harvard University, B.A. 1990, M.B.A. 1995
  • Massachusetts Senate (2014-present)
  • Massachusetts House of Representatives (2008-2014)
  • Winchester Democratic Town Committee
  • Winchester Finance Committee (2007-2010)