Stanley C. Rosenberg 186th (2009 - 2010) President of the Senate

D Amherst
Stanley C. Rosenberg


State House
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1500
Fax: 617-722-1072
District Office
1 Prince Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 584-1649
Fax: (413) 582-0113
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.58 SD515 For legislation relating to anti-human trafficking and protection
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
S.269 SD1776 For legislation to amend regional school transportation funding
S.357 SD1839 For legislation expanding financial reporting requirements and information available for voters regarding ballot initiatives
S.396 SD296 For legislation to protect the natural and historic resources of the Commonwealth
H.408 HD2965 Relative to the decreased enrollment of schools receiving state grants and the closing and disposition of such schools
S.442 SD1912 For legislation for a healthy Massachusetts: safer alternatives to toxic chemicals
S.461 SD1782 For legislation relative to an appeal process of insurance premium surcharges under managed competition
H.482 HD3079 Relative to requiring school districts to develop health programs concerning Irlen syndrome and scotopic sensitivity, so-called
H.561 HD733 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution to provide for absentee voting by any voter
S.593 SD138 For legislation to support residential care facilities as affordable options for elders and persons with disabilities.
H.636 HD4020 (by vote of the town) relative to special police officers in the town of Greenfield
H.717 HD296 For legislation to designate a certain pond in the Quabbin Reservoir and located in the town of New Salem as the Joseph P. O'Loughlin Pond
S.876 SD1673 For legislation to promote safe patient care and support the nursing profession
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
S.889 SD839 For legislation to establish a board of registration in naturopathy
S.979 SD1848 For legislation relative to officers and employees of the University of Massachusetts Police Department
S.1186 SD1680 For legislation allowing municipal employment after retirement
S.1187 SD1792 For legislation relative to the retirement of University of Massachusetts police
H.1230 HD1164 For legislation to exempt municipalities with a certain percentage of affordable rental units from low and moderate income housing laws
S.1327 SD1676 For legislation relative to tax deductions for contributions to college savings plans
S.1329 SD1870 For legislation relative to a local option meals tax
S.1330 SD1929 For legislation relative to the reimbursement for taxes lost on certain state-owned properties
S.1331 SD1932 For legislation to establish the local aidstabilization fund
S.1453 SD1930 For legislation to improve and endow public education, the arts and humanities, historical preservation, and libraries in the Commonwealth
S.1685 SD349 For legislation to reimburse Chester Gorski
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1708 HD1213 Relative to equal access to civil marriage
H.1725 HD2192 Relative to the appointment of a first assistant clerk for the Juvenile Court of Franklin and Hampshire counties
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
S.1799 SD1841 For legislation relative to indemnification of University of Massachusetts Police
S.1878 SD1931 For legislation toestablish the massachusetts cultural trust fund
H.1889 HD4440 Relative to dedicating a portion of Route 2 to Dennis Rindone, in honor of the Chairman of the Route 2 Safety Improvement Task Force
H.1913 HD4445 (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish a department of public works in the town of Hadley
S.1957 SD1833 For legislation relative to regional transit authorities
H.1971 HD3817 For legislation to authorize cities and towns to transfer certain funds
H.2127 HD852 For legislation to establish a health care trust for the preservation of the health care system of the Commonwealth
S.2137 SD2189 For legislation relative to Regional Transit Authorities.
H.2209 HD292 Relative to the training of police officers of the police department of the University of Massachusetts
H.2486 HD243 For legislation to provide creditable service for retirement purposes for certain sabbatical leaves
H.2927 HD3357 Relative to the certification of the assessing of property at full and fair cash valuation
H.3537 HD1248 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions
H.3547 HD1634 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of methods to develop an index of creative and innovative education in the Commonwealth
H.4013 HD4149 Relative to the establishment of cultural districts
H.4209 HD4496 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Deborah Armstrong, an employee of Franklin/Hampshire division of the Juvenile Court Department of the Trial Court
H.4240 HD4590 (by vote of the town) that the town of Montague be authorized to grant an additional license for the sale of all alcoholic beverages to be drunk on the premises
H.4306 HD4637 That resident aliens eighteen years or older residing in the town of Amherst be eligible to vote in local elections.
H.4384 HD4734 (by vote of the town) for legislation to provide for recall elections in the town of Colrain
H.4402 HD4669 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Janet Ochner, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services
H.4947 HD5140 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Edward Driscoll, an employee of the trial court

Senator Stan Rosenberg was unanimously elected by his colleagues to be the 93rd President of the Massachusetts Senate on January 7, 2015. Since his first election, Senator Rosenberg has remained deeply committed to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts. He is the first Jewish and first openly gay legislator to lead the Massachusetts Senate in its over-three-hundred year history.

A 1977 graduate of UMass Amherst, where he earned a B.A. in Community Development & Arts Management, Rosenberg began his work in public service as an aide to former State Senator and longtime Congressman John Olver. He was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1987.

Rosenberg was then elected to the Senate in 1991, where he has been entrusted by his colleagues time and again with leadership positions such as Majority Leader, President Pro Tempore, and Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means.

To fellow residents of the Pioneer Valley, Stan is known as an accessible, responsive leader and champion of affordable and world-class education, fair taxation, government transparency, and environmental protection. He played a key role in the passage of many groundbreaking bills guaranteeing equality before the law in the Commonwealth. Stan was a chief strategist behind the passage of a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling, and after the Supreme Judicial Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2003, he was a key leader in the fight on Beacon Hill to preserve that newly won right.

Stan has been a consistent advocate for increasing access to government and participation in our democracy. As chair of the Election Laws Committee, he coauthored the 1993 “Motor Voter” law, an overhaul of our election laws to modernize our system and boost voter turnout. He was twice tasked with redrawing the Commonwealth’s political boundaries as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting. Under Stan’s leadership, the new boundaries were enthusiastically accepted, unlike in many states which found themselves mired in costly lawsuits. Stan was lauded for the exceptionally transparent process in 2010-11, resulting in the creation of new minority-majority districts that better reflect the changing demographics of the Commonwealth.

Stan’s attention is never far from economic policies and job creation. 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. Stan played a key role on the Dairy Revitalization Task Force, which began efforts to strengthen our dairy industry and assist Western Massachusetts farmers. In 2009, at the height of the “great recession”, Stan coauthored a comprehensive package of fiscal relief for our cities and towns. As chief architect of the 2011 law establishing expanded gaming, Stan ensured we learned from the successes and failures of other states by conducting impartial research and writing a law that guaranteed local participation.

To his neighbors, Stan is a humble and hardworking man who shares their progressive values and possesses a strong moral compass towards what is fair and right. He can often be found at church suppers, community meetings, farmers’ markets, and pie auctions across the Pioneer Valley and North Quabbin. In his spare time he enjoys gardening, reading, traveling, languages, and cooking – especially his “famous” tomato sauce. He lives in Amherst with his partner Bryon Hefner.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator

Education & Public Service

  • Revere High School
  • University of Massachusetts/Amherst
  • Massachusetts Senate, 1991 – present (First Assistant Majority Leader, 1999 – 2002, President Pro Tempore 2003 – 2013, Majority Leader 2013 – 2015)
  • Mass. House (1987-'91)
  • Senator Stanley Rosenberg

  • Senator Rosenberg talks with students from his district during annual Student Government Day at the State House.

  • Senator Rosenberg and Representative Paul Mark welcome Northfield Students to the Senate Chamber after a ceremony welcoming their newly designed town flag to the State House

  • Senate President Therese Murray and Senator Rosenberg look on as Counsel General of Israel to New England Yehuda Yaakov addresses members of the Senate.

  • Senator Rosenberg celebrates the 30th anniversary of the North Quabbin Community Coalition with Executive Director Rebecca Bialecki

  • Senator Rosenberg joins Representative Scibak and State Treasurer Steve Grossman to break ground on the new Plains Elementary School in Hadley, MA.

Hampshire, Franklin and Worcester -- Consisting of the city of Northampton and the towns of Amherst, Hadley, Hatfield, Pelham and South Hadley in the county of Hampshire; the towns of Bernardston, Colrain, Deerfield, Erving, Gill, Greenfield, Leverett, Leyden, Montague, New Salem, Northfield, Orange, Shutesbury, Sunderland, Warwick, Wendell and Whatley in the county of Franklin; and the town of Royalston in the county of Worcester.