Russell E. Holmes 188th (2013 - 2014) Representative

D Boston
Russell E. Holmes


State House
Room 254
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2220
Fax: 617-626-0205
Bill Docket Bill Title
H.168 HD3454 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 168) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others for legislation to expand access to healthy foods through improved nutritional products at corner stores and farmers markets. Community Development and Small Businesses.
H.479 HD3168 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 479) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others relative to an English language learner's program in the public schools. Education.
H.529 HD1481 By Ms. Walz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 529) of Martha M. Walz and others for legislation to promote public school success and close the achievement gap by extending the strong academic results of some schools to serve a greater number of students. Education.
S.970 SD1262 By Mr. Rush, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 970) of Michael F. Rush, Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Carlo Basile, Christopher G. Fallon and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote worksite safety and restoration of local roads. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.1341 HD3078 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1341) of Sean Garballey and others relative to actions against health clubs or their employees that arise in connection with the use or non-use of defibrillators. The Judiciary.
H.1432 HD773 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1432) of Kay Khan and others relative to youthful offenders and criminal offender record information. The Judiciary.
S.1463 SD1596 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1463) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Linda Dorcena Forry, James B. Eldridge, Elizabeth A. Malia and other members of the General Court for legislation to create equitable job access. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.1712 HD2206 By Ms. Decker of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1712) of Marjorie C. Decker and others for legislation to provide economic stability for displaced non-professional airport employees. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1766 HD517 By Ms. Story of Amherst and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1766) of Ellen Story and others for legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing and harrassment, without regard to protected class status. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.2593 HD2701 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2593) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to increase the tobacco excise tax, supplement the Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund and reduce youth tobacco consumption. Revenue.
H.2883 HD2645 By Mr. Sciortino of Medford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2883) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. and others for legislation to encourage fair competition in bids for state contracts from qualified sources committed to fair wages and benefits for employees. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2943 HD1105 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2943) of Jonathan Hecht and others for legislation to include noncarbonated non-alcoholic beverages in the bottle law, so-called. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.3256 HD2002 By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3256) of Aaron Michlewitz and others relative to the transmission of firearms background check information. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.4037 Text of an amendment (offered by Mr. DeLeo of Winthrop and other members of the House) to the Senate Bill enhancing protection for victims of domestic violence (Senate, No. 1897). April 8, 2014.

Elected in November 2010, Russell Holmes represents Massachusetts’ Sixth Suffolk District, which includes a portion of the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.

At an early age, Russell learned the importance of community involvement from one of his first mentors in life, Lenzer Evans. Mr. Evans owned Brigham’s Ice Cream in Mattapan Square, which provided the first employment opportunity for many young people in the community, including Russell. Mr. Evans taught all his young employees that work was not just a means for getting ahead, but that they must also leave the community better than the way they found it. From the small corner bench in his shop, Mr. Evans met with state and city leaders to discuss policy and public affairs. Mr. Evans encouraged Russell to participate as well.

Russell remembered the lessons of his youth about the importance of community and purchased his first home in Mattapan. Soon after, he began to get involved in public service and civic activism when he decided that the streets in his community could use some upkeep. Enlisting the help of his neighbors, Russell grew his street cleaning initiative into a community-wide operation that culminated in a partnership with Mayor Menino. As a community leader, Russell has worked passionately on issues related to local economic development, education, and public transportation. He chaired the Mattapan Library Task Force, which brought Boston’s first new public library since 2001.

In 2007, Russell chaired the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) and was an instrumental force in developing a new set of building codes to attract businesses to the community. More recently, the team won a federal Main Streets designation for Mattapan Square. This accomplishment will allow the community to tap into city funds to repair storefronts and improve buildings. In addition, the community will develop a holistic marketing strategy for the surrounding business district. Russell loves volunteering. In addition to teaching Sunday school at the church of Christ in Roxbury, Russell has mentored 18 to 22 year-olds, serving as a male role model and coach on the transition from adolescence to adulthood. He has tutored elementary, high school, and college students on academic and life skills and has served as a Big Brother in Big Brother Big Sisters. Russell graduated from Boston University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1992, and he received his MBA from Northeastern in 2000. He currently works as a Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise. When he is away from the State House, you can usually find Russell working on local initiatives, teaching Sunday school with his wife Sheree, and knocking on doors to listen to the concerns of his constituents.

Personal Information

Profession: Certified Financial Planner, Legislator
Spouse: Sheree Holmes
Religion: Christian, Church of Christ
Interests: Golf, Tennis, Community Service

Career Highlights

  • Treasurer of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, Treasurer of the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth freshman class
  • Certificate, Emerging Leaders program at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Certificate, 2012 Healthcare summit at John Hopkins Medicine
  • Member of the Judiciary Committee 2012-2013, Member of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Commission
  • Member of Public Housing Sustainability and Reform Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman in his Sophomore year as a legislator

Education & Public Service

  • Hyde Park High School, Hyde Park
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
  • Masters in Business Administration, Northeastern University
  • Certified Financial Planner at Ameriprise Financial
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Library Task Force
  • Representative Holmes with Governor Patrick and Grandfather

  • Representative Holmes on House Floor

  • Representative Holmes with Michael Curry and Keith Motley

  • Representative Holmes with House Clerk Steve James and his Mother

  • Representative Holmes with Chief Justice Ireland

  • Representative Holmes with Charles Yancey and Represenatives Gloria Fox and Carlos Henriquez

  • Representative Holmes taking the oath of office

  • Representative Holmes with family

  • Representative’s wife and her mother and sister

  • Representative with constituents

Sixth Suffolk, Consisting of Boston: Ward 14: Precincts 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Ward 17: Precincts 6, 7, 8, 9, Ward 18: Precincts 7, 8, Ward 19: Precinct 12.