James T. Welch Senator

D West Springfield
James T. Welch


State House
Room 416A
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1660
Email: James.Welch@masenate.gov
District Office
32-34 Hampden Street
Springfield, MA 01103
Phone: 413-737-7756
Fax: 413-306-5179
Bill Docket Bill Title
HD124 Relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court
SD128 For legislation relative to just cause terminations.
HD193 Relative to vehicular homicide while under the influence of an intoxicating substance
HD194 For legislation to increase the minimum sentence for conviction of manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle
HD369 An Act establishing the genetic engineering transparency food and seed labeling act
HD497 Relative to the care of animals in cities and towns
SD516 For legislation to ensure accountability in the Department of Transitional Assistance
SD670 For legislation to sustain community preservation revenue
HD736 Relative to pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition protection of employees and job applicants
SD743 For legislation relative to language opportunity for our kids.
SD765 For legislation relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education
SD906 For legislation to create the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls
SD1146 For legislation relative to alternatives to foreclosure
HD1230 Relative to abusive or hostile work environments
SD1237 For legislation relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining.
HD1322 For legislation to exempt employees of a public school districts from fees associated with background checks
SD1368 For legislation relative to the governance of the Health Policy Commission
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
SD1441 For legislation to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities.
HD1471 Relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality
SD1572 For legislation relative to vacant, foreclosing and foreclosed property in the Commonwealth
HD1703 An Act to Create a Gateway Cities Public Safety Pilot Program
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
SD1853 An Act establishing a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program
HD1967 Relative to increasing the base for the calculation of cost-of-living increases for retired public employees
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2462 Relative to the retirement benefits of certain employees of the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Department of Housing and Community Development
HD2472 Relative to pension benefits for surviving spouses of Department of Children and Families social workers killed in the line of duty
HD2474 Relative to public employees' workers compensation benefits
HD2475 Relative to retirement benefits of certain employees of the Department of Children and Families
HD2476 For legislation to establish secure choice retirement savings plan
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2540 For legislation to increase the share of courses taught by full-time tenure and tenure-track faculty
HD3175 For legislation to provide incentives for productive workers' compensation audits
HD3259 Relative to travel insurance
H.48 HD199 By Mr. Finn of West Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 48) of Michael J. Finn and James T. Welch for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Robert Paterwic, an employee of the Department of Industrial Accidents. Public Service.

State Senator James Welch was sworn in January 2011 to represent Hampden District including Agawam, Chicopee, Springfield, and West Springfield. Senator Welch has lived in West Springfield his entire life; he graduated from West Springfield High School and continued his education at Springfield Technical Community College then transferred to Westfield State College to receive his B.S. in Business Management. In 2001 Senator Welch began his career in public service, by joining the staff of then Representative Stephen J. Buoniconti. In 2004, Senator Welch was elected to the West Springfield City Council representing District 4. In January of 2005 he was elected to represent the 6th Hampden District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Senator Welch and his wife Kara (Flynn) reside in West Springfield with their two sons Tommy (4) and Christopher (2).

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator, Realtor
Spouse: Kara (Flynn)
Children: 2

Education & Public Service

  • West Springfield High School
  • Westfield State College, B.S. Business Management
  • West Springfield City Council
  • Mass. House (2005-2010)
  • Mass. Senate (2011-present)
  • James T. Welch and family

  • Senator James T. Welch

  • Senator James T. Welch

  • Senator James T. Welch and family at St. Patrick's day

Hampden -- Consisting of the cities of Chicopee, ward 2, precincts A and B, ward 3, precincts A and B, ward 4, precincts A and B, and Springfield, ward 1, ward 2 precincts A to F, inclusive, and H, ward 3, ward 4, precincts A to E, inclusive, G and H, ward 5, precincts A to C, inclusive, and E, ward 6, precincts A and C, and E to G, inclusive, ward 8, precincts B to H, inclusive, and the town of West Springfield in the county of Hampden.