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Stephen M. Brewer Senate Ways and Means Chair

D Barre
Stephen M. Brewer

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State House
Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1540
Fax: 617-722-1078
Email: Stephen.Brewer@masenate.gov
District Office
Tatman House
20 Common Street
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: 978-355-2444
Bill Docket Bill Title
H.52 HD964 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 52) of Sean Garballey and others providing access to hearing aids for children. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.352 SD525 By Mr. Eldridge, petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 352) of Wolf, Story, Harrington and other members of the General Court for legislation to require producer responsibility for collection reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products [Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture].
S.409 SD389 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 409) of Harriette L. Chandler, Stephen M. Brewer, Bruce E. Tarr, John W. Scibak and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to financial services contracts for dental benefits corporations. Financial Services.
S.629 SD36 By Mr. Baddour, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 629) of Steven A. Baddour, Stephen M. Brewer, Benjamin B. Downing, James E. Timilty and other members of the General Court for legislation to combat economic crimes. The Judiciary.
S.640 SD1106 By Mr. Berry, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 640) of Frederick E. Berry, Steven A. Tolman, Stephen M. Brewer, Steven A. Baddour and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect and enhance the rights of child and adult victims and witnesses of crime. The Judiciary.
H.1995 HD2523 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1995) of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to the distribution of raw milk. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.2001 HD2671 By Representatives Ms. Gobi of Spencer and Mr. Peterson, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2001) of McMurtry and others relative to trapping for the purpose of capturing furbearing mammals Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.2174 HD2512 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2174) of Anne M. Gobi and others for legislation to expand the testing for alcoholic beverages of operators of motor vehicles involved in certain motor vehicle accidents. The Judiciary.
H.2192 HD2193 By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2192) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr., and others that persons charged with the commission of felonies be rquired to submit DNA samples. The Judiciary.
H.2643 HD2634 By Ms. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2643) of Rodrigues and others that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles issue a distinctive registration plate for firefighters Joint Committee on Transportation.
H.3425 HD1924 By Mr. Naughton of Clinton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3425) of Harold P. Naughton, Jr. and others relative to the Massachusetts Military Family Relief Fund. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.3460 HD3762 (by vote of the town) that the board of selectmen of the town of Templeton be authorized to include certain subjects in the warrant to be considered at the annual town meeting of said town
H.3464 HD3764 By Representatives Smola of Palmer and Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3464) of Todd M. Smola, Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of Scott Lawrence as a police officer in the town of Ware, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3465 HD3765 By Representatives Smola of Palmer and Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3465) of Todd M. Smola, Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi (by vote of the town) relative to the appointment of Daniel J. Clark as a police officer in the town of Ware, notwithstanding the maximum age requirements. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3962 HD3853 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Anne M. Gobi and others for legislation to require drivers employed by companies transporting students to submit to alcohol and drug testing. Transportation.
H.4019 HD4216 By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Louis L. Kafka and others for the issuance of an annual proclamation by the Governor establishing the third week in October as Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.4209 HD4410 By Mrs. Ferguson of Holden, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4209) of Kimberly N. Ferguson, Anne M. Gobi and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish a charter for the town of Hubbardston. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4232 HD4445 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4232) of Anne M. Gobi, Kimberly N. Ferguson and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) for legislation to establish the position of treasurer-collector in the town of Oakham. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4283 HD4440 By Representatives Smola of Palmer and Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4283) of Todd M. Smola, Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi for legislation to authorize Adam A. Seguin to take the civil service examination for appointment as a police officer in the town of Ware notwithstanding the maximum age requirement. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4462 HD4559 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4462) of Anne M. Gobi, Stephen M. Brewer and Denise Andrews (by vote of the town) relative to validating certain acts and proceedings taken at a special town election in the town of Templeton. Election Laws. [Local Approval Received.]
H.4484 HD4579 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 4484) of Anne M. Gobi, Stephen M. Brewer and Denise Andrews (by vote of the town) relative to certain subjects in the warrant to be considered at the annual town meeting of the town of Templeton. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]

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.

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