Stephen M. Brewer 186th (2009 - 2010) Senator

D Barre
Stephen M. Brewer


State House
Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1540
Fax: 617-722-1078
District Office
Tatman House
20 Common Street
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: 978-355-2444
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.18 SD1209 Relative to pandemic and disaster preparation and response in the Commonwealth
S.58 SD515 For legislation relating to anti-human trafficking and protection
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
H.154 HD1071 Relative to the humane treatment of disabled persons
S.157 SD542 For legislation to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets on credit.
H.177 HD3949 For legislation to establish a system for tracking the unmet service needs of persons with developmental disabilities
H.187 HD3353 Relative to the standards, regulations and operating procedures for personal care services and for personal care attendants
S.208 SD1297 For legislation to require instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of automatic external defibrillators for high school graduation
S.249 SD1515 For legislation relative to evaluating and enhancing quality physical education.
S.269 SD1776 For legislation to amend regional school transportation funding
S.278 SD1968 For legislation to fulfill the promise of education reform adequate funding for student success
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
S.348 SD2009 For legislation to ensure the freedom to vote in the Commonwealth
H.351 HD3229 For legislation to direct the Department of Education to include a course in civics as a high school graduation requirement
S.443 SD126 For legislation relative to antique barometers
S.451 SD1384 For legislation to ensure access to lifesaving colorectal cancer screenings
H.461 HD2343 Relative to the appeals process in MCAS exams
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
S.688 SD624 For legislation establishing paid sick days
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
H.720 HD3379 Relative to the milk producer’s security fund reimbursement
H.736 HD947 Relative to the regulation of animal trapping
H.738 HD1219 For legislation to further regulate forest cutting practices
S.753 SD739 For legislation to eliminate the abuse of controlled-release oxycodone
S.756 SD844 For legislation to eliminate the abuse of controlled-relase hydromorphone
H.776 HD1138 For legislation to establish a food policy council to enhance the agricultural economy and improve nutritional health in the Commonwealth
S.778 SD1352 For legislation to establish a cat and dog spay and nueter fund
S.792 SD1132 For legislation to allow municipalities to conduct fingerprint based background checks of federal records for employment and licensing purposes
H.834 HD3214 Relative to establishing standards for restoring and maintaining stream flows, water levels and hydrologic regimes that protect natural aquatic life in rivers and streams
S.847 SD1180 For legislation relative to a board of midwifery
H.847 HD2945 Relative to exempting cities and towns from fees from the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act
S.897 SD680 For legislation to encourage organ donation
H.898 HD2951 That health insurance providers be required to include coverage for diagnostic screening for prostate cancer
S.910 SD161 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts missing child clearinghouse
S.931 SD566 For legislation relative to the Commonwealth Fusion Center and other intelligence data centers.
H.940 HD1772 Relative to health insurance for human service providers and their employees
S.964 SD1210 For legislation to prohibit the confiscation of lawfully owned firearms during a state of emergency
S.980 SD617 For legislation realtive to port security
S.996 SD1158 For legislation to regard uniform police identifications cards
S.1095 SD144 For legislation relative to credible service for school nurses
H.1134 HD4333 (by vote of the town) relative to authorizing the town of Spencer to grant real and personal property tax abatements to members of the National Guard and reservist units called to active duty and serving in a foreign country
H.1148 HD4351 Relative to the treatment of chronic Lyme disease
H.1157 HD4254 Relative to the purchase of flags substantially manufactured in the United States
H.1160 HD4343 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Dolores Tower, an employee of the Department of Mental Health
H.1161 HD4346 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Crystal Pollack, an employe of the Department of Mental Retardation
H.1311 HD911 Relative to penalties for breaking and entering a firearm retail wholesaler or manufacturer
H.1407 HD1290 For legislation to expand the testing for alcoholic beverages of operators of motor vehicles involved in certain motor vehicle accidents
S.1442 SD982 For legislation to provide appropriate public safety protections for security system user information
S.1494 SD1989 For legislation regarding service outage restoration penalties
H.1500 HD3008 Relative to the sex offender registry in the commonwealth
H.1587 HD149 Relative to the victims of violent crime
S.1598 SD1387 For legislation relative to victims of violent crimes
S.1693 SD1627 For legislation to further regulate sex offender registration
S.1697 SD1499 For legislation relative to police pursuits in the commonwealth
S.1825 SD1110 For legislation to clarify ambiguties to question 2
S.1867 SD784 For legislation to create the commonwealth heritage areas program
H.1881 HD4378 Relative to the appointment of the treasurer of Palmer Fire District Number One and Palmer Water District Number One
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
S.1912 SD1583 For legislation to promote healthy transportation planning.
S.1934 SD1555 For legislation to promote and and advance motorcycle safety.
S.2000 SD1742 For legislation to train and certify veterans service officers and agents
S.2003 SD1919 For legislation relative to the home of the brave
S.2113 SD2175 For legislation to protect lakes and ponds
S.2137 SD2189 For legislation relative to Regional Transit Authorities.
H.2152 HD2114 Relative to the despensing of controlled substances
S.2170 SD2188 For legislation relative to an affordable health plan
S.2183 SD2225 For legislation to combat economic crime
H.2209 HD292 Relative to the training of police officers of the police department of the University of Massachusetts
H.2244 HD2044 Relative to mandatory boating safety education
S.2289 SD2408 For legislation to protect children from sexual abuse and exploitation
H.2332 HD2134 Relative to the State Employees and Teachers Retirement System
H.2445 HD1110 For legislation to provide creditable service for retirement purposes for certain teachers
H.2446 HD2133 Relative to the retirement allowance of Kenneth Wheeler
S.2479 SD2349 For legislation relative to the definition of the word attempt on criminal cases
H.2604 HD3286 That the Department of Mental Retardation establish a sick leave bank for Paulette Wojtowicz, an employee of said department
H.3225 HD3714 Relative to protective fences on bridges in the Commonwealth
H.3233 HD2815 For legislation to prohibit the use of tobacco products in motor vehicles for the protection of children from secondhand smoke
H.3306 HD3840 That the Highway Department be authorized to evaluate the feasibility of interchange improvements along Route 2 from the city of Gardner to Route 128
H.3404 HD1363 For legislation to protect graves of veterans
H.3529 HD1351 Relative to the protection of children from sexual predators
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.3586 HD1439 Relative to the coordination of mental health care for children
H.3596 HD1558 Relative to the monitoring of radiation levels from nuclear power plants by the Department of Public Health
H.3598 HD2143 That hearing aids be included in coverage under health insurance plans
H.3752 HD3329 That certain monies paid by the State of Connecticut for reimbursement of tax losses shall be distributed to the towns of Brimfield, Charlton, Holland, Southbridge, Sturbridge, Dudley and Oxford
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3846 HD3804 For legislation to provide special, non-recurring payments to certain municipalities for the purpose of providing emergency disaster relief due to the ice storm of December 11 and 12, 2008
H.4015 HD4040 Relative to prohibiting junior operators use of cell phones or text messaging devices while operating motor vehicles
H.4196 HD4510 (by vote of the town) relative to health insurance and other benefits in the town of Phillipston
H.4201 HD4289 Relative to privacy of certain daily police logs
H.4232 HD4546 Relative to establishing licensing requirements and protections for certain cottage communities
H.4293 HD4530 Relative to economic crimes involving monetary instruments or other property known to be derived from criminal activity
H.4326 HD4641 For legislation to regulate the closing of branch offices of the Registry of Motor Vehicles
H.4327 HD4643 That the Registry of Motor Vehicles be required to hold a certain public hearing in the town of Southbridge
H.4437 HD4668 For legislation to designate a certain bridge on Route 2 over Bacon Street in the town of Westminster as the Ryan Patrick Jones Bridge
H.4464 HD4816 That the Department of Children and Families be authorized to establish a sick leave bank for Elizabeth J. Lynch, an employee of said department.
H.4484 HD4738 For legislation to further regulate the sentencing of persons found "guilty except insane" of murder in the courts of the Commonwealth
H.4513 HD4323 Relative to Medicaid payments to critical access hospitals
H.4527 HD4850 Relative to repeat domestic violence offenders
H.4573 HD4879 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Frances Bonnayer, an employee of the Department of Transportation
H.4717 HD5012 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Susan Spera, an employee of the Department of Development Services
H.4776 HD4919 That Richard D. Valcourt, a member of the Worcester regional retirement system, be eligible for benefits from the Group Insurance Commission
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.5125 HD5183 For legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Linda Baker, an employee of the department of developmental services

Since being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988, Brewer has nobly served the citizens of Central and Western Massachusetts. Now representing the second largest Senate district in the Commonwealth, Brewer continues to diligently advocate for the communities he represents while being a statewide leader on fiscal matters facing the entire state.

Throughout his career, Brewer has remained committed to protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth and serving them honorably. Brewer is a tireless advocate for Veterans; in 2005 he was named the first ever Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. During this time, Brewer advocated for one of the most comprehensive state benefits legislation for Veterans in the nation, known as the Massachusetts Welcome Home Bill. He continued his passionate advocacy on behalf of those who serve sitting on the Special Commission to Study and Investigate the Hidden Wounds of War on Massachusetts Service Members and advocating for funding to support Veterans Outreach Centers and Massachusetts Soldier’s Homes.

A friend of the sportsmen, Brewer has also placed the preservation of open space and agricultural land at the top of his list. Growing up on a farm himself, Brewer lead the way to the passage of the Dairy Farm Preservation Bill, which enabled the Department of Agricultural Resources to offer technical assistance and funds to farmers, making them eligible for loans for up to $500,000.

He now serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, one of the most powerful committees in the Senate, which is tasked with handling all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth. The position allows him to work closely on the budget that provides funding to municipalities, state agencies, and some of the neediest residents of the Bay State.

Following statewide healthcare reform, Brewer championed a new law that requires insurance companies that provide coverage for chemotherapy treatments to provide the same level of coverage for oral chemotherapy medication. The bill, first filed by Brewer in 2009, has been praised by doctors, patients and advocacy groups as a national model for the future of anti-cancer drugs

Brewer remains an active member of the local community by serving on a number of organizations including the Barre Library Association, Democratic Town Committee, South Barre Rod and Gun Club, the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association and as an honorary member of the Spencer Exchange Club. Brewer also sits on the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator/Laborer
Spouse: Valerie
Children: 2

Career Highlights

  • Three time recipient of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Legislator of the Year Award
  • Leader in the passage the Massachusetts Welcome Home Bill; Recipient of the Charles Dick Medal of Merit award from The National Guard Association of the United States
  • Tireless advocate for changing the name of the Department of Mental Retardation to the Department of Developmental Services, reversing an antiquated stigma
  • In 2009, in partnership with the AdMeTech foundation, established the first ever Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. The event has become a national model in raising awareness for the disease

Education & Public Service

  • Barre Public Schools
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A. '71
  • Assumption College, M.A. '74
  • 1996-Present Elected to State Senate; 1998 Served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy; as Senate Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Energy; and as Senate Chairman of the Small Town Rural Caucus
  • 1999 Appointed to the Council of State Governments and served as Senate Chair of the Central Massachusetts Legislative Caucus;2001-02 Served as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Agriculture
  • 2003-04 Served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules;2005-06 Served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
  • 2007-08 Served as Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means;2008- Named Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; 2010-Present Chairman Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex -- Consisting of the towns of Ashburnham, Athol, Barre, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Rutland, Spencer, Sturbridge, Templeton, Warren, West Brookfield and Winchendon in the county of Worcester; the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Monson, Palmer and Wales in the county of Hampden; the town of Ware in the county of Hampshire; and the town of Ashby in the county of Middlesex.