Bill Docket Bill Title
SD193 An Act to promote American manufacturing
SD269 For legislation to provide access to full spectrum addiction treatment services
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
SD311 For legislation to remove the restrictions on the licenses of nurse practitioners and certified registered nurse anesthetists as recommended by the Institute of Medicine and the Federal Trade Commission
SD317 For legislation to promote the planning and development of sustainable communities
SD332 For legislation relative to physical education in public schools
SD425 For legislation relative to open textbooks
SD430 For legislation relative to early education funding
SD435 For legislation to create a transitional aid to families with dependent children career pathways trust fund
SD441 For legislation relative to public higher education transfers
SD462 For legislation relative to the Massachusetts Alzheimers Project.
SD503 For legislation to regulate synthetic heroin.
SD507 For legislation to increase the penalty for distracted driving
SD533 For legislation to create the Home Works Program
SD574 For legislation to enhance the educational outcomes of expectant and parenting students
SD604 For legislation to promote job training in the Commonwealth.
SD625 For legislation relative to public investment in fossil fuels.
SD629 For legislation to promote personal savings
SD670 For legislation to sustain community preservation revenue
SD749 For legislation relative to the advanced nursing practice
SD771 For legislation relative to CARE
SD984 For legislation relative to the office of the child advocate
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
SD1247 For legislation relative to special education funding.
SD1280 For legislation to establish a education loan repayment program for social workers in areas of need
SD1308 For legislation relative to training of elder services workers in dementia and Alzheimer’s
SD1362 For legislation relative to student sex education.
SD1387 For legislation to decriminalize non-violent and verbal student misconduct
SD1423 For legislation to establish pay equity.
SD1441 For legislation to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities.
SD1631 For legislation to provide further revenue to the Financial Literacy Trust Fund.
SD1632 For legislation to increase parental awareness of opiate abuse risks
SD1639 For legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities
SD1749 For legislation to improve educational outcomes for children in the Commonwealth from birth through school age.
SD1752 For legislation to ensure high quality pre-kindergarten education.
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
SD1790 For legislation relative to cognitive rehabilitation.
SD1841 Relative to the emergency administration of certain overdose prevention drugs
HD2670 An Act requiring physician training on Alzheimer's and dementia
H.70 HD1595 By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 70) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to spouses under the definition of family members serving as paid caregivers. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.245 HD1785 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 245) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.443 HD677 By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 443) of Aaron Michlewitz and others for legislation to support schools and communities to increase opportunities for physical activity. Education.
H.520 HD2456 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 520) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. and others relative to stabilizing the Commonwealth’s nursing facilities. Elder Affairs.
H.646 HD1133 By Representative Cusack of Braintree and Senator Moore, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 646) of Mark J. Cusack, Michael Moore and others relative to the development of economically sound and environmentally progressive solid waste management strategies to improve recycling. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.814 HD3414 By Mr. Cantwell of Marshfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 814) of James M. Cantwell and others for legislation to direct the Attorney General to provide for a study of the methodology used to promulgate new flood insurance rate maps through the National Flood Insurance Program. Financial Services.
H.961 HD3259 By Mr. Wagner of Chicopee, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 961) of Joseph F. Wagner, Eileen M. Donoghue and James T. Welch relative to travel insurance. Financial Services.
H.1055 HD2540 By Mr. Mark of Peru, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1055) of Paul W. Mark and others for legislation to increase the share of courses taught by full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty. Higher Education.
H.1068 HD3165 By Representative Sannicandro of Ashland and Senator Moore, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1068) of Tom Sannicandro, Michael Moore and others relative to strengthening and expanding affordable, quality higher education opportunities for residents of the Commonwealth. Higher Education.
H.1315 HD682 By Ms. Garlick of Needham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1315) of Denise C. Garlick and others relative to liability for the medical costs incurred by public health volunteer responders. The Judiciary.
H.1530 HD1765 By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Brownsberger, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1530) of Sarah K. Peake and others relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation. The Judiciary.
H.1769 HD736 By Representative Story of Amherst and Senator Lovely, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1769) of Ellen Story, Joan B. Lovely and others relative to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition protection of employees and job applicants. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1774 HD3175 By Mr. Wagner of Chicopee, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1774) of Joseph F. Wagner, Eileen M. Donoghue and James T. Welch for legislation to provide incentives for productive workers' compensation audits. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1969 HD2440 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1969) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. and others relative to the dispensing of controlled substances by emergency room physicians. Public Health.
H.2083 HD2940 By Mr. Walsh of Framingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2083) of Chris Walsh and others for legislation to limit the prescription of controlled substances to an amount necessary for seventy-two hours of medically legitimate treatment. Public Health.
H.2316 HD2454 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2316) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr., David M. Nangle and Eileen M. Donoghue relative to retirement for nuclear reactor operators at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Public Service.
H.2386 HD2475 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2386) of James J. O'Day and others relative to retirement benefits of certain employees of the Department of Children and Families. Public Service.
H.2459 HD361 By Mrs. Campbell of Methuen, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2459) of Linda Dean Campbell and others relative to property tax exemptions for veterans. Revenue.
H.2525 HD2455 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2525) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. and others relative to providing tax incentives for small scale commercial development for gateway cities. Revenue.
H.2547 HD2330 By Mr. Hunt of Sandwich, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2547) of Randy Hunt and others for legislation to authorize income tax filers to make voluntary contributions to the Massachusetts Cultural Development Fund on their annual income tax returns. Revenue.
H.2904 HD1813 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2904) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.


4/16/2014 - Last update

2/27/2014 - A Report of the Special Commission Relative to the Feasibility of Hosting the Summer Olympics in the Commonwealth

4/16/2014 - The Report of the Joint Committee on Higher Education's Subcommittee on Student Loan and Debt


Eileen Donoghue is a third term State Senator from the First Middlesex District, serving the communities of Lowell, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough, and Westford. The Senator was first elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in November of 2010.

Upon graduating from University of Massachusetts in 1976, with an individualized concentration in law and Spanish, the Senator pursued her passion for law. She received her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School in 1979. After twelve years of practicing law, Senator Donoghue opened her own firm in the City of Lowell in 1991 before joining Gallagher & Cavanaugh in 2008.

Senator Donoghue was elected to the Lowell City Council in 1996 and two years later was elected mayor for her first of two terms at that post. During her tenure as mayor, she was proud to champion some of the most historic and important economic development projects for the city, including the Tsongas Arena, the LeLacheur Ball Park, the construction and renovation of 17 schools, and the artist overlay district which resulted in more than 800 new artists’ lofts now occupying formerly abandoned mills.

Senator Donoghue serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. This committee handles matters concerning commercial and industrial establishments, industrial development, science and technology, economic development, retention of science or technology-intensive industries; adoption of existing industries; innovation systems from research to development; computers; information, networking, the Internet, data storage and access; communication; biotechnology; stem cell research medical technology; medical devices; environmental technologies, classroom applications; workforce technology training and development, etc., and other matters similar in nature.

Senator Donoghue has also been appointed to serve as Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. Issues surrounding Higher Ed have long been a legislative priority for the Senator. She is in a great position to expand on her subcommittee work from the previous legislative session concerning the various components of the student loan and debt landscape.

Finally, the Senator has also been appointed to serve as a member of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading, the Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, the Senate Committee on Personnel and Administration, the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Joint Committee on Transportation.

In early 2013, Senator Donoghue initiated legislation to create a commission to study the feasibility of hosting the summer Olympics in Boston. The Commission found that, despite existing challenges, it is feasible to host the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Massachusetts in 2024. As a result of these findings, Senator Donoghue now serves on the Board of Directors of the Boston 2024 Executive Committee, and co-chairs the Government and Community Outreach Committee.

After a number of years in public service, Senator Donoghue is eager to continue her experience to represent the interests of the First Middlesex district in the Massachusetts State Senate.

Personal Information

Profession: Attorney
Spouse: John J. O’Connor

Career Highlights

  • Founder of Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council
  • Women Working Wonders Fund
  • Co-founder of Future Stars Camp in Lowell

Education & Public Service

  • BA in Law and Spanish, University of Massachusetts; JD, Suffolk University.
  • Mayor of Lowell, Lowell City Councilor
First Middlesex -- Consisting of the city of Lowell and the towns of Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsborough and Westford in the county of Middlesex.