James T. Welch Senator

D West Springfield
James T. Welch

Addresses

State House
Room 309
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
S.41 SD2000 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 41) (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Harriette L. Chandler, Michael O. Moore, Barbara L'Italien, Thomas M. McGee and other members of the General Court for legislation to clarify municipal authority regarding cash sureties. The Judiciary.
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. Temporary committee on House Rules.
S.98 SD516 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 98) of Marc R. Pacheco, Antonio F. D. Cabral, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Colleen M. Garry and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure accountability in the Department of Transitional Assistance. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.112 HD2477 By Representative O'Day of West Boylston and Senator Tarr, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 112) of James J. O'Day, Bruce E. Tarr and others relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.262 SD743 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 262) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Denise Provost, Jason M. Lewis, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to language opportunity for our kids. Education.
S.268 SD1762 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 268) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Denise Provost, Jason M. Lewis, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten. Education.
S.269 SD765 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 269) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sean Garballey, Denise Provost, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the compostion of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Education.
H.340 HD1471 By Ms. Decker of Cambridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 340) of Marjorie C. Decker and others relative to providing a public education system of sufficient quality. Education.
S.350 SD128 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 350) of Daniel A. Wolf, Denise Provost, Jason M. Lewis, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to just cause terminations. Education.
S.352 SD1441 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 352) of Harriette L. Chandler, Michael F. Rush, Brian A. Joyce, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities. Elder Affairs.
H.456 HD2070 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 456) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others for legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts. Education.
S.482 SD1146 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 482) of Harriette L. Chandler, Mary S. Keefe, Timothy R. Madden, Timothy J. Toomey, Jr. and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to alternatives to foreclosure. Financial Services.
H.494 HD1322 By Mr. Stanley of Waltham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 494) of Thomas M. Stanley and others for legislation to exempt employees of a public school districts from fees associated with background checks. Education.
S.572 SD1368 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 572) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Bradford R. Hill, James B. Eldridge, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the governance of the Health Policy Commission. Health Care Financing.
H.924 HD2476 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 924) of James J. O'Day and others for legislation to establish secure choice retirement savings plan. Financial Services.
S.957 SD809 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 957) of William N. Brownsberger, Lori A. Ehrlich, Jason M. Lewis, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements. Labor and Workforce Development.
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.
S.1008 SD1853 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1008) of Karen E. Spilka, Sonia Chang-Diaz, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a family and medical leave and temporary disability leave insurance program. Labor and Workforce Development.
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.
S.1080 SD906 By Ms. Gobi, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1080) of Anne M. Gobi, Brian M. Ashe, Todd M. Smola, Sean Garballey and other members of the General Court for legislation to create the Hampden County Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1090 SD1572 By Mrs. L'Italien, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1090) of Barbara L'Italien, Michael O. Moore, Jason M. Lewis, Mary S. Keefe and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to vacant, foreclosing and foreclosed property in the Commonwealth. Municipalities and Regional Government.
H.1293 HD193 By Mr. Finn of West Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1293) of Michael J. Finn and James T. Welch relative to vehicular homicide while under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The Judiciary.
H.1294 HD194 By Mr. Finn of West Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1294) of Michael J. Finn and James T. Welch for legislation to increase the minimum sentence for conviction of manslaughter while operating a motor vehicle. The Judiciary.
S.1440 SD1237 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1440) of James E. Timilty, Louis L. Kafka, Mark J. Cusack, Timothy R. Whelan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining. Public Service.
S.1459 SD670 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1459) of Cynthia S. Creem, Stephen Kulik, Cory Atkins, Michael J. Barrett and other members of the General Court for legislation to sustain community preservation revenue. Revenue.
S.1470 SD1402 By Ms. Donoghue, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1470) of Eileen M. Donoghue, Harriette L. Chandler, Robert M. Koczera, Michael O. Moore and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to access to capital for business growth in economically distressed communities. Revenue.
H.1515 HD124 By Mr. Naughton of Clinton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1515) of Harold P. Naughton, Jr. and others relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court. The Judiciary.
H.1728 HD1230 By Mr. Kocot of Northampton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1728) of Peter V. Kocot and others relative to abusive or hostile work environments. Labor and Workforce Development.
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.1848 HD497 By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1848) of Louis L. Kafka and others relative to the care of animals in cities and towns. Municipalities and Regional Government.
S.1849 SD1383 By Mr. Lesser, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1849) of Eric P. Lesser, Thomas M. McGee, Harriette L. Chandler, James T. Welch and other members of the General Court for legislation to study the feasibility of high-speed rail access between Springfield and Boston. Transportation.
S.1895 SD361 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1895) of James E. Timilty for legislation to further strengthen public safety by reducing unlicensed, uninsured driving by OUI offenders. Transportation.
S.1964 SD2032 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1964) (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Daniel A. Wolf, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Jason M. Lewis, James T. Welch and other members of the General Court for legislation to deny paternity rights to perpetrators of rape. The Judiciary.
H.2302 HD1967 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2302) of Sean Garballey and others relative to increasing the base for the calculation of cost-of-living increases for retired public employees. Public Service.
H.2317 HD2462 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2317) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. and others relative to the retirement benefits of certain employees of the Department of Transitional Assistance and the Department of Housing and Community Development. Public Service.
H.2383 HD2472 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2383) of James J. O'Day and others relative to pension benefits for surviving spouses of Department of Children and Families social workers killed in the line of duty. Public Service.
H.2385 HD2474 By Mr. O'Day of West Boylston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2385) of James J. O'Day and others relative to public employees' workers compensation benefits. 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.3242 HD369 By Representatives Story of Amherst and Smola of Warren, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3242) of Ellen Story, Todd M. Smola and others relative to the labeling of genetically engineered food. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.3366 HD3762 By Mr. Puppolo of Springfield, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and others for legislation to designate the Boston Cream Pie Cupcake as the official cupcake of the Commonwealth. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.3485 HD1703 By Mr. Tosado of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3485) of Jose F. Tosado and others for legislation to establish the gateway municipality public safety program. Public Safety and Homeland Security.

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.