Aaron Vega Representative

D Holyoke
Aaron Vega

Addresses

State House
Room 134
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2400
Fax: 617-626-2224
Email: Aaron.Vega@mahouse.gov
District Office
295 High Street
Second Floor
Holyoke, MA 01040
Phone: 413-650-2727
Bill Docket Bill Title
HD45 Relative to the modernization of optometric patient care
HD80 For legislation to include transportation costs in the special education reimbursement program
HD162 Relative to the liability of farmers' markets
HD188 Relative to the false representation of military status
HD216 For legislation to require post secondary institutions to inform students of their right to call their parents and their right to an attorney in the event of a disciplinary hearing that may result in expulsion
SD235 For legislation relative to patient safety
HD241 Relative to prohibiting discrimination against adults with disabilities in family and juvenile court proceedings
HD270 Relative to business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers
HD331 Relative to providing hearing aid coverage for persons with profound hearing loss
HD352 For legislation to establish in the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services a Massachusetts Alzheimer’s project
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD372 Relative to parking advancements and the establishment of parking benefit districts in cities and towns
HD424 For the annual issuance of a proclamation by the Governor designating the last day of February as Rare Disease Day
HD426 Relative to the mandatory minimum age for children to attend kindergarten
HD460 Relative to consent and counseling of pregnant women under sixteen years of age
HD469 Relative to Lyme disease treatment health insurance coverage
HD481 For the establishment of a Massachusetts innocence commission to analyze the circumstances of innocent persons being charged, prosecuted, convicted and incarcerated
HD496 For legislation to provide for the establishment of a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
HD501 Relative to expands health insurance coverage for certain acupuncture services, diagnosis and treatment and establishing a commission to investigate the potential for better integrated use of acupuncture services
SD519 For legislation to regulate the use of credit reports by employers
SD543 For legislation to establish a meals tax holiday.
HD594 Relative to the restoration of oral health benefits for MassHealth recipients
HD613 Relative to angel investor tax credits
SD633 For legislation relative to home energy efficiency.
HD667 Relative to Medicare savings programs eligibility
HD670 Relative to Medicaid expansion
HD677 For legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity
HD678 Relative to the maximum number of patients assigned to a registered nurses or hospital care attendants
HD736 Relative to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition protection of employees and job applicants
HD768 Relative to the deposit of certain fines into the Victims of Human Trafficking Trust Fund
HD818 For legislation to authorize municipalities to require automatic sprinkler protection systems in certain housing
HD846 Relative to establishing a board of registration in naturopathy and further regulating naturopathic health care
HD874 Relative to the donations of leftover food by restaurants and cafeterias
SD883 For legislation to enhance employment opportunities
SD906 For legislation to create the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
SD987 For legislation relative to financial literacy in schools
SD1001 For legislation to promote restorative justice practices
HD1019 Relative to the establishment of community benefit districts in cities and towns
SD1026 For legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information.
HD1035 For legislation to provide high school graduates equal access to in-state tuition rates and financial aid in the higher education system
HD1041 Relative to access to health insurance for human service providers and their employees
HD1046 For legislation to update the contraceptive coverage equity law to require insurance carriers to provide all contraceptive methods without a co-pay
SD1116 For legislation to grow the creative economy.
HD1119 For legislation to establish a student loan repayment pilot program to be administered by the Board of Higher Education for licensed social workers
HD1137 Relative to the occupation of advanced dental hygiene practitioner
HD1142 For legislation to require the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to encourage media literacy education
HD1143 Relative to improving asthma in schools
HD1184 For legislation to regulate the cultivation of industrial hemp
SD1202 For legislation relative to building real incentives for college savings
HD1234 Relative to tax havens
HD1322 For legislation to exempt employees of a public school districts from fees associated with background checks
HD1343 Relative to providing child care assistance to homeless families
SD1363 For legislation to establish a health incentives program.
HD1367 For legislation to require owners of rented or foreclosed properties to check for abandoned animals
SD1383 For legislation to study the feasibility of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston
SD1417 For legislation relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates.
HD1442 For legislation to provide pre-kindergarten education to four year old children meeting specific requirements in gateway cities
HD1460 For legislation to establish the building code coordinating council
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
HD1514 Relative to property tax exemptions
SD1515 For legislation to authorize the conveyance of a certain parcel of land in the city of Holyoke.
HD1530 Relative to the divestment of state pension funds from holdings in fossil fuel companies
HD1535 Relative to prohibiting the dispensing of food in disposable food service containers made from polystyrene or from expanded polystyrene
HD1547 Relative to providing expanded learning time for students
HD1575 For legislation to establish penalties for debarred employers, contractors and subcontractors illegally participating in contracts
HD1591 Relative to descendants email access and procedures
HD1593 For legislation to require transparency in solicitations via telephone and similar devices
HD1595 Relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers
SD1640 For legislation relative to create an innovative communities program.
HD1656 Relative to the process for collecting delinquent property taxes
HD1658 Relative to preserving eligibility for the PACE program and certain waivered services
HD1674 Relative to providing care and comfort for the terminally ill
HD1698 Relative to establishing a foreign language education seal of biliteracy for students
HD1702 Relative to insurance coverage for craniofacial disorders
HD1703 An Act to Create a Gateway Cities Public Safety Pilot Program
HD1761 For legislation to authorize regional transit authorities to establish enterprise funds
HD1769 Relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
HD1833 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD1867 Establishing the Olmsted Park improvement fund
SD1874 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity
HD1883 For the establishment of an economic development tax credit incentive program for the substantial rehabilitation of mill properties
SD1887 For legislation relative to education.
HD1892 An Act relative to criminal record checks for referees
HD1902 An Act Relative to Healthy Eating in School Cafeterias
HD1921 Relative to eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses
HD1935 For legislation to prevent trafficking in ivory and rhino horns
HD1946 For legislation to create a loan repayment program for direct care human service workers
HD1950 Relative to the requirements for distinctive registration plates
HD1988 For the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United States to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider amendments to the Constitution to limit the influence of money in our political system
HD1994 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study the Olympic Games in the Commonwealth
HD1995 Relative to rates of compensation payable to counsel
HD2028 Relative to property tax assessments for certain common areas and facilities in condominiums
HD2042 For legislation to decriminalize certain non-violent demonstrations by students
HD2060 Relative to access to capital for business growth in economically distressed communities
HD2072 For legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing, and harrassment, without regard to protected class status
HD2081 Relative to baseline concussion testing for student athletes
HD2089 For legislation to promote the use of restorative justice practices
HD2130 For legislation to protect bicyclists in bicycle lanes
HD2137 For legislation to define and further protect vulnerable persons on the roads of the Commonwealth
HD2257 For legislation to a establish a "second chance" lottery to help address the problem of lottery ticket litter
HD2310 For legislation to authorize municipalities to reduce the real property tax obligations of persons over the age of sixty in exchange for volunteer service
HD2330 For legislation to authorize income tax filers to make voluntary contributions to the Massachusetts Cultural Development Fund on their annual income tax returns
HD2342 Relative to vocational training for the unemployed
HD2345 Relative to temporary workers’ unemployment benefits
HD2348 For legislation to prevent contracts of waivers in employment cases of claims concerning discrimination, non-payment of wages or benefits, retaliation or harassment or violation of public policy
HD2364 Relative to promoting job training in the Commonwealth
HD2368 Relative to access to child and adolescent mental health services
HD2400 An Act AN ACT RELATIVE TO IMITATION FIREARMS
HD2436 Relative to sexual health education
HD2456 Relative to stabilizing the Commonwealth’s nursing facilities
HD2536 For legislation to authorize municipalities to invest in credit unions
HD2538 Relative to the taxation of inventory
HD2584 Relative to motor vehicle license suspension record privacy
HD2586 For legislation to regulate the use of credit reports by employers and prospective employers
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2646 That public school students of voting age be instructed on the voter registration process and provided access to voter registration forms
HD2653 For legislation to establish a live theater tax credit program
HD2664 For legislation to prohibit the withholding of diplomas to students meeting all requirements except a score on a state standardized test
HD2676 For legislation to expunge the records of persons falsely accused and juveniles.
HD2704 Relative to enhancing the educational opportunities for expectant and parenting students
HD2752 For legislation to require producer responsibility for collection, reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products
HD2756 For legislation designate October 18 as inflammatory breast cancer awareness day
HD2782 Relative to further regulating health care costs and the dispensing of controlled substances
HD2802 Relative to pay equity
HD2809 Relative to the expungement of criminal records of juveniles
HD2826 Relative to vacant, foreclosing and foreclosed property
HD2844 For legislation to increase participation in early childhood care settings
HD2907 That the Division of Professional Licensure amend the Uniform State Plumbing Code and associated regulations to include a category of agricultural buildings and operations
HD2910 An Act relative to the development of a strategy supporting micro businesses in inner city communities
HD2917 For legislation to establish pilot programs for universal pre-kindergarten in gateway cities and other low-income neighborhoods or communities
HD2919 For legislation to dedicate a portion of certain grants to promote community on-the-job training for youths
HD2921 An Act establishing a foundation budget reserve account
HD2941 Relative to certified professional midwives
HD2943 For legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund
HD2947 Relative to promoting responsible contracting on state construction projects
HD2975 Relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
HD3007 For the imposition of a tax on certain private institutions of higher learning for the purpose of establishing a separate fund to be known as the educational opportunity for all trust fund
HD3015 Relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths
HD3070 Relative to the penalty for the transmission of indecent visual depictions by persons less than eighteen years
HD3072 Relative to gender identity and access to public accommodations
HD3114 For legislation to develop a high quality pre-kindergarten education grant program
HD3156 For legislation to reform pretrial processes
HD3165 Relative to strengthening and expanding affordable, quality higher education opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth
HD3190 For legislation to require the reporting of certain contributions to the Unemployment Insurance Program and the Workers' Compensation System
HD3220 For legislation to institute programs to respond to sexual violence on higher education campuses
HD3298 Relative to establishing a right to counsel in certain eviction cases
HD3343 For legislation to mandate health insurance coverage for certain brain injury rehabilitation
HD3364 For legislation to provide a waiver of fees to veterans at public institutions of higher learning
HD3411 For legislation to establish a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program for employees
HD3413 An Act relative to recognition of the "Honor and Remember" Flag in the Commonwealth
HD3419 For legislation to further regulate vendors providing emergency housing assistance
HD3425 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity by enhancing the enforcement and penalties for violations of the controlled substances laws
HD3428 For legislation to prohibit the use of certain hotels and motels in connection with the Emergency Housing Assistance Program
HD3436 For legislation to legalize marijuana and establish a tax on the cannabis industry
HD3439 Relative to the collective bargaining rights for employees of the Committee on Public Counsel Services
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games
HD3473 Relative to the collection and dissemination of student data
HD3515 For legislation to establish a task force on the safety and welfare of elderly and disabled persons residing in public housing
HD3529 Relative to financial literacy programs in schools

Aaron Vega represents Massachusetts’ Fifth Hampden District.

Aaron was born in South Holyoke, attended Morgan Elementary School and eventually followed his parents’ footsteps by attending Holyoke Community College. He graduated from Keene State College with a dual bachelor degree in film and psychology. Aaron soon became a film editor, working on projects for Ken Burns, PBS, TLC and HBO. After living in New York City and New Hampshire for a number of years, Aaron moved back to Holyoke with his wife Debra. Together they opened Vega Yoga and Movement Arts, a small business in downtown Holyoke that has quickly become one of the most successful yoga studios in the region.

In 2009, Aaron was elected one of Holyoke’s first Latino at-large councilors. In his first term he worked to keep his commitment to improve the quality of life for all Holyoke residents by strengthening ordinances while giving city departments and citizens the tools they need to address the many issues facing Holyoke. In 2011, Aaron was elected to a second term.

Aaron has served on the boards of the Holyoke Health Center, Homework House, The Carlos Vega Fund for Social Justice, Morgan School turnaround team, and the Connections Afterschool Program. He is also a member of the Holyoke Taxpayers Association, the Holyoke Community Land Trust, Friends of the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke Unites, Friends of the Council on Aging, and the Rotary Club of Holyoke.

In addition to being a small business owner with Aaron, his wife Debra performed as a New York City Rockette for over four years and has taught dance at Mt. Holyoke College, Williston School, and Elms College. They recently bought their first home, a historic row house in downtown Holyoke. Aaron has three daughters, two of whom are the third generation in their family to go to Holyoke Community College.

Personal Information

Profession: Small Business Owner, Yoga Instructor, Film Editor
Spouse: Debra
Children: 3
Pets: 2 Cats, Saddie & Colleen

Career Highlights

  • Award Winning Documentary Film Editor
  • 2 term At-Large Holyoke City Councilor
  • Named on the 2010 Business West list of 40 under 40
  • Co-Owns Yoga Studio Named “Best in the Valley”

Education & Public Service

  • Dual Bachelor Degree Graduate of Keene State College
  • Board of Directors Homework House
  • Holyoke Rotary Club Member
  • Greater Holyoke Chamber of Commerce Member
Fifth Hampden, consisting of Holyoke