Bill Docket Bill Title
SD61 For legislation relative to special juveniles.
HD71 Relative to special education funding
HD72 Relative to improving procurement procedures to assure opportunities for students with disabilities
SD95 For legislation to promote employment
HD124 Relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court
SD194 For legislation to establish a comprehensive adaptation management plan in response to climate change
SD229 Lfor legislation relative to recycling
HD270 Relative to business practices between motor vehicle manufacturers, distributors and dealers
HD292 Relative to expanding eligibility for certain dental providers to access the loan repayment program offered by the Department of Public Health
SD317 For legislation to promote the planning and development of sustainable communities
SD351 For legislation to support municipal fiscal stability through a special education stabilization fund.
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
SD398 For legislation relative to equal access to public places regardless of gender identity.
SD444 For legislation relative to the profits from crime.
SD447 For legislation to enhance the enforcement of illegal hunting practices.
HD580 For legislation to establish a commuter pass program for users of the Massachusetts Turnpike
HD589 Relative to establishing a grants program to increase dental services to Medicaid eligible patients
SD636 For legislation to improve tax administration processes in the Commonwealth.
HD677 For legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity
SD680 For legislation relative to the closing of hospital essential services
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
SD809 For legislation relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements
SD906 For legislation to create the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
SD912 For legislation to expand the sale of products by farmer breweries
HD930 Relative to the disclosure of information of public school athletic resources and interscholastic athletic authorized representatives
HD945 For legislation to establish a rare disease advisory council
SD996 For legislation to establish Medicare for all in Massachusetts
HD998 Relative to regional stabilization funds
SD1021 For legislation to protect access to confidential healthcare.
SD1026 For legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information.
SD1030 For legislation to require producer responsibility for collection reuse and recycling of discarded electronic products.
SD1088 For legislation to improve access to public records.
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
SD1271 For legislation to fuel job creation through energy efficiency
SD1279 For legislation to reduce unwanted communication from creditors to protect the peace and privacy of residents
SD1307 For legislation to reform labor rates paid by insurance companies to auto repairers in the Commonwealth
SD1383 For legislation to study the feasibility of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston
SD1402 For legislation relative to access to capital for business growth in economically distressed communities
HD1407 For legislation to establish old growth forest reserves in the Commonwealth
HD1480 For legislation relative to the feeding of wildlife
HD1497 Relative to the authority of the Attorney General in reviewing certain applications that seeks to increase the supply gas and other non-renewable energy resources available in the Commonwealth
SD1530 For legislation relative to the enhanced management of early childhood caries among MassHealth patients
HD1546 For legislation to regulate the use of trapping devices to take beaver and muskrat
HD1564 Relative to the retirement benefits of certain state police officers
HD1593 For legislation to require transparency in solicitations via telephone and similar devices
SD1742 For legislation to promote motor vehicle safety.
HD1756 Relative to coordinating the availability of transit services to employees of existing and expanding businesses by the Massachusetts Office of Business Development
HD1761 For legislation to authorize regional transit authorities to establish enterprise funds
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
HD1785 Relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages
SD1813 For legislation to establish election day registration
SD1820 For legislation relative to hospital closures and health planning
SD1842 For legislation to enhance access to electronic public records.
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
HD2281 Relative to public investments in fossil fuels
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
HD2525 For legislation to decrease the frequency of required elevator inspections in small towns from annually to every five years
HD2529 For legislation to authorize the Registrar of Motor Vehicles to issue distinctive registration plates for fire fighters
HD2722 For legislation to provide tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic properties for mixed commercial and residential uses
HD2782 Relative to further regulating health care costs and the dispensing of controlled substances
HD2888 Relative to the adopting of a new markets tax credit program in the Commonwealth
HD3165 Relative to strengthening and expanding affordable, quality higher education opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth
HD3405 For legislation to increase the annual stipend for members of the Commonwealth’s hazardous material response teams
HD3556 For legislation to establish a Hampshire-Franklin Commission on the Status of Women

Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate on November 7, 2006 and was re-elected in 2008, 2010 and 2012. Senator Downing represents the 52 communities of the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District, proudly serving the largest Senate district in the Commonwealth.

Senator Downing serves as the Senate chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, which is tasked with reviewing all matters concerning renewable and non-renewable energy sources. He is also the chairman of the Senate Committee on Bills in Third Reading, which reviews all bills on the Senate calendar to ensure they are constitutional and free from drafting errors before they are considered for engrossment.

The Senator also serves as vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. In past legislative sessions he served as chair of the Public Service Committee (2007), the Senate Ethics and Rules Committee (2007-2008), the Revenue (2009-2010) and Higher Education (2010) Committees and the Senate Committee on Steering & Policy (2012). He is an active member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and serves on several other Senate and joint committees. Senator Downing is also a member of several legislative caucuses; he serves as co-chairman of the Gateway Cities Caucus, vice chairman of the Regional Transit Authorities (RTA) Caucus, and is an active participant of the Regional Schools Caucus.

A Pittsfield native, Senator Downing received his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 2003. In May 2008 he received a M.A. from Tufts University’s Department of Urban and Environment Policy & Planning. Before returning to Pittsfield, Senator Downing lived in Washington, D.C. working for former U.S. Representative William Delahunt (D- Quincy) and U.S. Representative Richard E. Neal (D- Springfield), before joining the staff of U.S. Representative John W. Olver (D- Amherst). For nearly two years he served as senior advisor to Congressman Olver.

Senator Downing’s family has a long history of public service. He is the oldest of four children (Maggie, Nate and Nick) raised by the late Berkshire District Attorney Gerard and Pamela Downing. He is married to Micaelah B. Morrill.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator/Public Service
Religion: Roman Catholic

Career Highlights

  • Elected 2006; Re-elected 2008, 2010 and 2012
  • Chair, Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy 2011-2012 and 2013-2014;Chair, Senate Committee on Bills in Third Reading 2013-2014;
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Steering & Policy 2012;Acting Chair, Joint Committee on Higher Education 2010;Chair, Joint Committee on Revenue 2009-2010
  • Chair, Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules 2007-2008;Chair, Joint Committee on Public Service 2007

Education & Public Service

  • Pittsfield Catholic Schools
  • Providence College, BA - Political Science 2003
  • Tufts University, MA - Public Policy 2008
  • “Honorary Chairman, College Democrats of Massachusetts”
  • Co-Chair, Massachusetts Democratic Party's Committee on Youth Services
  • Co-Chair of the Leadership Council to End Chronic Homelessness in Berkshire County
  • Advisory Council of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
  • Pittsfield Democratic Committee
Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin and Hampden -- Consisting of the cities and towns in the county of Berkshire; the towns of Chesterfield, Cummington, Goshen, Huntington, Middlefield, Plainfield, Westhampton, Williamsburg and Worthington in the county of Hampshire; and the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Conway, Hawley, Heath, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne in the county of Franklin; and the towns of Blandford and Chester in the county of Hampden.