Russell E. Holmes Representative

D Boston
Russell E. Holmes

Addresses

State House
Room 254
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2220
Fax: 617-626-0205
Email: Russell.Holmes@mahouse.gov
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD42 For legislation relative to Medicare savings programs eligibility.
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
SD420 For legislation relative to modernizing the business licensing process
SD426 For legislation to protect vulnerable road users by requiring certain vehicles to be equipped with side under-ride guards and blind spot mirrors
SD431 For legislation relative to local disability commission expansion
SD580 For legislation to improve literacy skills
SD679 For legislation to update veterans’ burial expenses
SD714 For legislation to create a maximum allowable check-cashing rate
SD736 For legislation to improve the collection and analsis of data realitve to traffic stops.
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
SD1220 For legislation relative to special education evaluation and referral
SD1239 For legislation to promote a coordinated public school focus on students with disabilities.
SD1261 For legislation relative to asset forfeiture.
SD1733 For legislation relative to the fair participation of minority and women-owned businesses on public construction projects.
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
SD1874 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity
SD1885 For legislation relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data.
HD2382 An Act Strengthening the Massachusetts Home Care Program
HD2396 An Act AN ACT RELATIVE TO FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS FOR BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES
HD2397 An Act AN ACT ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL LOCKUP FACILITY IN SUFFOLK COUNTY
HD2398 An Act AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE COMPOSITION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE MASSACHUSETTS PORT AUTHORITY
HD3071 An Act relative to the reconnection of families of incarcerated persons
HD3143 An Act relative to certain affordable housing in the city of Boston
H.147 HD3312 By Mr. Hunt of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 147) of Daniel J. Hunt and others relative to industrial development finance authorities. Community Development and Small Businesses.
H.160 HD1593 By Ms. Cariddi of North Adams, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 160) of Gailanne M. Cariddi and others for legislation to require transparency in solicitations via telephone and similar devices. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.161 HD2994 By Mr. Carvalho of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 161) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others for legislation to modernize the business licensing process. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.162 HD3005 By Mr. Carvalho of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 162) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others relative to fair housing pre-licensing training for real estate agents. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.207 HD3373 By Mr. Hunt of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 207) of Daniel J. Hunt and others for legislation to limit fees charged by cashers of checks, drafts or money orders. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.405 HD1952 By Mr. Honan of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 405) of Kevin G. Honan and others relative to the turnaround process for under performing schools. Education.
H.521 HD664 By Mr. Hecht of Watertown, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 521) of Jonathan Hecht and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) on institutional long term care. Elder Affairs.
H.927 HD1769 By Representative Peake of Provincetown and Senator Montigny, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 927) of Sarah K. Peake, Mark C. Montigny and others relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment. Financial Services.
H.988 HD667 By Ms. Garlick of Needham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 988) of Denise C. Garlick and others relative to Medicare savings programs eligibility. Health Care Financing.
H.1063 HD2182 By Mr. Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1063) of Byron Rushing and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study the feasibility of creating and funding a universal children’s college savings account. Higher Education.
H.1138 HD831 By Mr. Smizik of Brookline, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1138) of Frank I. Smizik and others for legislation to authorize municipalities to protect low and moderate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing. Housing.
H.1227 HD3015 By Mr. Carvalho of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1227) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths. The Judiciary.
H.1241 HD2927 By Mr. Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1241) of Nick Collins and others for legislation to require property owners to pay the costs of relocation assistance for tenants ordered to vacate due to violations of the sanitary code. The Judiciary.
H.1290 HD1901 By Representative Fernandes of Milford and Senator Brownsberger, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1290) of John V. Fernandes and others improving the accuracy of eyewitness identification procedures. The Judiciary.
H.1301 HD3148 By Ms. Fox of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1301) of Gloria L. Fox and others relative to discrimination protections for survivors of domestic violence in fair housing opportunities. The Judiciary.
H.1429 HD3425 By Ms. Keefe of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1429) of Mary S. Keefe and others for legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity by enhancing the enforcement and penalties for violations of the controlled substances laws. 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.1575 HD1969 By Mr. Rushing of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1575) of Byron Rushing and others for legislation to improve the collection and analysis of data relative to traffic stops. The Judiciary.
H.1578 HD1716 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1578) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others relative to assault and battery upon public employees. The Judiciary.
H.1584 HD3156 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1584) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to reform pretrial processes. The Judiciary.
H.1620 HD1921 By Mr. Swan of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1620) of Benjamin Swan and others relative to eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses. The Judiciary.
H.1720 HD3309 By Mr. Hunt of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1720) of Daniel J. Hunt and others for legislation to require certain notices prior to plant closings or layoffs. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1806 HD1419 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1806) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others for legislation to expand substance abuse treatment options for non-violent drug offenders. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.2021 HD2948 By Mr. McMurtry of Dedham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2021) of Paul McMurtry and others for legislation to further regulate the sale of tobacco products to teenagers. Public Health.
H.2106 HD3024 By Mr. Carvalho of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2106) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others relative to uniform use of deadly force guidelines. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.2108 HD2738 By Mr. Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2108) of Nick Collins and others relative to considering local needs in the training of fire fighters. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.2339 HD3286 By Mr. Hunt of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2339) of Daniel J. Hunt and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Boston be authorized to use retired Boston police officers for certain details in said city. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.2398 HD1485 By Mr. Ryan of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2398) of Daniel J. Ryan and others relative to survivor benefits of emergency medical technicians. Public Service.
H.2587 HD2943 By Representative Kulik of Worthington and Senator Creem, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2587) of Stephen Kulik and others for legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund. Revenue.
H.2595 HD882 By Mr. Livingstone of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2595) of Jay D. Livingstone and others relative to real estate tax assessment administration. Revenue.
H.2854 HD3010 By Mr. Carvalho of [SPONSOR CITY], a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2854) of Evandro C. Carvalho and others relative to providing for matching grants for funding gigabit-speed networks and for the evaluation of consumer focused municipal broadband service offerings. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2859 HD866 By Mr. Coppinger of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2859) of Edward F. Coppinger and others relative to installation of electrical sub-meters. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2885 HD735 By Ms. Hogan of Stow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2885) of Kate Hogan and others for legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2899 HD2545 By Mr. Mark of Peru, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2899) of Paul W. Mark and others for legislation to establish a home heating commission. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.2966 HD422 By Mr. Coppinger of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2966) of Edward F. Coppinger and others relative to the collection of mobility study data conducted in connection with construction projects funded by MassDOT. Transportation.
H.2967 HD439 By Mr. Coppinger of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2967) of Edward F. Coppinger and others for legislation relative to noncriminal disposition of parking violations. Transportation.
H.3038 HD1406 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. [BILL NUMBER]) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others for legislation to establish reasonable and proper speed limits inside an urban district on public ways. Transportation.
H.3049 HD3452 By Mr. Moran of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3049) of Michael J. Moran and others relative to exempting certain public school buses from toll collection. Transportation.
H.3321 HD674 By Mr. Michlewitz of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3321) of Aaron Michlewitz and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston. Election Laws.

Elected in November 2010, Russell Holmes represents Massachusetts’ Sixth Suffolk District, which includes a portion of the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.

At an early age, Russell learned the importance of community involvement from one of his first mentors in life, Lenzer Evans. Mr. Evans owned Brigham’s Ice Cream in Mattapan Square, which provided the first employment opportunity for many young people in the community, including Russell. Mr. Evans taught all his young employees that work was not just a means for getting ahead, but that they must also leave the community better than the way they found it. From the small corner bench in his shop, Mr. Evans met with state and city leaders to discuss policy and public affairs. Mr. Evans encouraged Russell to participate as well.

Russell remembered the lessons of his youth about the importance of community and purchased his first home in Mattapan. Soon after, he began to get involved in public service and civic activism when he decided that the streets in his community could use some upkeep. Enlisting the help of his neighbors, Russell grew his street cleaning initiative into a community-wide operation that culminated in a partnership with Mayor Menino. As a community leader, Russell has worked passionately on issues related to local economic development, education, and public transportation. He chaired the Mattapan Library Task Force, which brought Boston’s first new public library since 2001.

In 2007, Russell chaired the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) and was an instrumental force in developing a new set of building codes to attract businesses to the community. More recently, the team won a federal Main Streets designation for Mattapan Square. This accomplishment will allow the community to tap into city funds to repair storefronts and improve buildings. In addition, the community will develop a holistic marketing strategy for the surrounding business district. Russell loves volunteering. In addition to teaching Sunday school at the church of Christ in Roxbury, Russell has mentored 18 to 22 year-olds, serving as a male role model and coach on the transition from adolescence to adulthood. He has tutored elementary, high school, and college students on academic and life skills and has served as a Big Brother in Big Brother Big Sisters. Russell graduated from Boston University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1992, and he received his MBA from Northeastern in 2000. He currently works as a Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise. When he is away from the State House, you can usually find Russell working on local initiatives, teaching Sunday school with his wife Sheree, and knocking on doors to listen to the concerns of his constituents.

Personal Information

Profession: Certified Financial Planner, Legislator
Spouse: Sheree Holmes
Religion: Christian, Church of Christ
Interests: Golf, Tennis, Community Service

Career Highlights

  • Treasurer of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, Treasurer of the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth freshman class
  • Certificate, Emerging Leaders program at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Certificate, 2012 Healthcare summit at John Hopkins Medicine
  • Member of the Judiciary Committee 2012-2013, Member of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Commission
  • Member of Public Housing Sustainability and Reform Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman in his Sophomore year as a legislator

Education & Public Service

  • Hyde Park High School, Hyde Park
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
  • Masters in Business Administration, Northeastern University
  • Certified Financial Planner at Ameriprise Financial
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Library Task Force
  • Representative Holmes with Charles Yancey and Represenatives Gloria Fox and Carlos Henriquez

  • Representative Holmes with family

  • Representative Holmes with Governor Patrick and Grandfather

  • Representative Holmes with Michael Curry and Keith Motley

  • Representative’s wife and her mother and sister

  • Representative Holmes with House Clerk Steve James and his Mother

  • Representative with constituents

  • Representative Holmes on House Floor

  • Representative Holmes taking the oath of office

  • Representative Holmes with Chief Justice Ireland

Sixth Suffolk, Consisting of Boston: Ward 14: Precincts 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Ward 17: Precincts 6, 7, 8, 9, Ward 18: Precincts 7, 8, Ward 19: Precinct 12.