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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

Committee Membership

Bill Docket Bill Title
H.153 HD145 By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by resolve, House, No. 153) of Jason M. Lewis and others for legislation to establish a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study issues relative to education. [COMMITTEE].
H.529 HD267 By Ms. Wolf of Cambridge, petition (accompanied by Proposal for Constitutional Amendment, House, No. 00529) of Tom Sannicandro and others for a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions . Joint Committee on the Judiciary.
S.628 SD35 By Mr. Baddour, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 628) of Steven A. Baddour and Michael A. Costello for legislation to authorize the Massachusetts Retirement Board to provide certain retirement and medical benefits to Associate Justice Patrick J. Riley. The Judiciary.
S.665 SD107 By Ms. Candaras, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 665) of Gale D. Candaras, Steven M. Walsh, John V. Fernandes, Bruce E. Tarr and other members of the General Court for legislation to reform and improve alimony [Joint Committee on the Judiciary].
H.1021 HD1551 By Mr. Pedone of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1021) of Vincent A. Pedone, Lori A. Ehrlich and Michael A. Costello relative to the licensing of scrap metal dealers. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.1293 HD1629 By Mr. Donato of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1293) of Paul J. Donato and others for legislation authorizing cities and towns to install video monitoring systems to detect certain motor vehicle violations. The Judiciary.
S.1343 SD1673 By Mr. Moore, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1343) of Walz, Turner, Stanley and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to cost of living adjustments for retired public employees of the Commonwealth [Joint Committee on Public Service].
H.1370 HD1228 By Mr. Stanley of Waltham and Senator Hart, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1370) of Thomas M. Stanley and others for legislation to establish a pilot program to discourage drinking by individuals under the legal drinking age and to provide a non-criminal disposition process for first offenders, including alcohol education. The Judiciary.
S.1841 SD82 By Ms. Creem, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1841) of Wolf, Welch, Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to sustain community preservation [Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses].
H.2272 HD2016 By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2272) of Cleon H. Turner and others for legislation to prohibit sex offenders from employment or volunteer status at camps for children. The Judiciary.
H.2712 HD3154 By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2712) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and others for the establishment of a youth solutions commission (inclucing members of the General Court) to review youth employment, education pathways and efforts to reduce violence and dropout rates in an integrated, coordinated and cost-effective manner. Education.
H.2713 HD3180 By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2713) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and others relative to establishing a middle-skills council and the creation of regional skills academies in the Commonwealth. Education.

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.