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Michael A. Costello Representative

D Newburyport
Michael A. Costello


State House
Room 254
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2220
Fax: 617-722-2846
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.366 SD1952 For legislation to regulate the use of off highway and recreation vehicles
H.410 HD1823 For legislation to require instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators for high school graduation
H.619 HD4292 Relative to the taxation of real property of charitable organizations
H.820 HD3682 That the Department of Conservation and Recreation be directed to assume control of the Havey Beach Reservation located in the West Roxbury section of the city of Boston
H.847 HD2945 Relative to exempting cities and towns from fees from the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act
S.988 SD1126 For legislation to require health care employers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence
S.998 SD1162 For legislation to regulate the sport of mixed martial arts
S.1270 SD1595 For legislation to establish the Lung Cancer Early Detection and Treatment Research Fund
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1815 HD1726 For legislation to require employers to grant paid sick leave days for employees in the Commonwealth
H.2062 HD1818 Relative to public access to automatic external defibrillator equipment
H.2447 HD1763 Relative to binding arbitration for employee organizations engaged in successor contract negotiations with employers
H.3435 HD1323 Relative to long-term suspensions and expulsions of school students
H.3537 HD1248 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions
H.3844 HD1097 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue distinctive registration plates indicating support for an autism trust fund
H.3912 HD900 Relative to the establishment of a nursing advisory board within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4795 HD94795 The committee of conference on the disagreeing votes of the two branches with reference to the Senate amendments of the House Bill relative to safe driving (House, No. 4475), reports recommending passage of the accompanying bill (House, No. 4795).
H.5078 HD4937 For legislation to authorize the Governor to designate additional justices of the peace in the towns of Groveland and Rowley

State Representative Michael Costello has dedicated his career to Public Service. While he was a student at Salem State College, Mike spent three years leading and implementing a program for students to build housing in Appalachia, where some of the poorest Americans live. He also spent a summer working as an intern in the United States Congress. Michael graduated cum laude from Salem State and went to work as a Catholic Lay Volunteer for the Catholic Diocese of St. Thomas. Later, he served as the Program Director for the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Association of Boston. While attending Suffolk University Law School, Mike earned academic honors and worked for the Office of New Hampshire’s Public Defender.

After earning his Juris Doctor degree in 1996, Mike worked for Essex County District Attorney Kevin Burke. As an Assistant District Attorney, Mike prosecuted hundreds of cases involving the possession and distribution of drugs, domestic violence, assault and battery and robbery.

Mike was elected to the Newburyport City Council as a councilor-at-large in 1997 and, a year later, became Field Director for Congressman John Tierney's (D-Salem) campaign. Following Congressman Tierney's successful election, Mike worked as the Chief of Staff for State Senator Joan Menard (D-Somerset), former Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

Mike was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2002. He serves the First Essex District, which includes the Cities of Newburyport and Amesbury and The Town of Salisbury.

During his first term, Mike served on the Joint Committees on Banks and Banking and Insurance. He appeared on the Pat Whitley Radio Show and on New England Cable News with Chet Curtis to discuss insurance issues and the Bank of America merger with Fleet Bank. He now serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security.

In his capacity as a Chairman, Mike has taken a leading role on many critical public safety issues. He was one of the lead sponsors of sweeping identity theft legislation signed into law by Governor Deval Patrick. He is a member of the Governor’s Anti-Crime Council, which discusses critical issues like gang violence and the spread of assault weapons. He served on the Governor’s CORI Reform Commission, which helped author legislation that will provide meaningful opportunities for people seeking to transition back into society. In a similar capacity, he was named the National Chair of American Bar Association’s Re-entry and Collateral Consequences Committee. In 2007, the Massachusetts Bar Association named Representative Costello its Legislator of the Year. Within his district, Mike has helped sustain many of the valuable organizations that provide critical social services in the region, including the Newburyport YWCA, the Pettengill House, the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Merrimack Valley, the Newburyport Learning Enrichment Center and the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center. He has also worked hard to preserve the natural environment and historic resources that make the 1st Essex District such a beautiful place to live.

Mike is a member of the Board of Directors for the Essex County Bar Association and is Of Counsel to Andrews and Updergraph Law Firm of Salem.

Mike is the son of former State Senator Nicholas Costello and Cynthia Costello. He is married to Kerrin D'Archangelo of Haverhill, and they live in Newburyport with their two children.

Personal Information

Profession: Attorney
Spouse: Kerrin Costello

Career Highlights

  • Legislator of the Year, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2007
  • Chair, American Bar Association Legislative Committee
  • Preservation Leadership Award, Newburyport Preservation Trust, 2010
  • Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center, Changemaker, a champion for battered women, 2008

Education & Public Service

  • Salem State College, B.A.
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • City Councilor, Newburyport (1998-1999)
  • Mass. House (2003-present)
First Essex, Consisting of Amesbury; Newburyport; Salisbury.