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Stephen M. Brewer Senate Ways and Means Chair

D Barre
Stephen M. Brewer

Addresses

State House
Room 212
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-1540
Fax: 617-722-1078
Email: Stephen.Brewer@masenate.gov
District Office
Tatman House
20 Common Street
Barre, MA 01005
Phone: 978-355-2444
Bill Docket Bill Title
H.267 HD999 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 267) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to small brewers of alcoholic beverages. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
H.717 HD791 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 717) of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to the distribution of raw milk. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.796 SD362 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 796) of Karen E. Spilka, Martha M. Walz, William N. Brownsberger, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information. The Judiciary.
S.1340 SD992 By Mr. Hart, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1340) of John Hart, Jr., Michael O. Moore, Harriette L. Chandler and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation relative to the preservation and expansion of live musical and theatrical productions. Revenue.
H.1549 HD239 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1549) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to improving the apprehension of drunk drivers and other law violators. The Judiciary.
S.1880 SD1896 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of James B. Eldridge, Therese Murray, Bruce E. Tarr, Katherine M. Clark and other members of the Senate for legislation to improve drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.1914 SD1898 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund, Richard J. Ross, Linda Campbell and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animal welfare and safety. The Judiciary.
S.1963 SD1942 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore, Michael O. Moore, John F. Keenan, Brian A. Joyce and other members of the General Court for legislation to designate June fourteenth as the birthday of the United States Army and June ninth as General Sylvanus Thayer Day. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.3409 HD3559 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Anne M. Gobi, Stephen M. Brewer and Peter J. Durant for legislation to authorize the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District to borrow certain funds. Education.
H.3533 HD3722 By Mrs. Ferguson of Holden, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3533) of Kimberly N. Ferguson and Stephen M. Brewer (by vote of the town) that the town of Paxton be authorized to establish an open town meeting, board of selectmen, town administrator form of government. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3819 HD3994 By Mr. Smola of Warren, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3819) of Todd M. Smola, Stephen M. Brewer and Anne M. Gobi (by vote of the town) that the town of Ware be authorized to appoint Michele Moorhouse a police officer in said town, notwithstanding the maximum age requirement. Public Service. [Local Approval Received.]
H.3830 HD3996 By Mr. Smola of Warren, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Todd M. Smola and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Carol L. Clark, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services. Public Service.
H.4041 HD4196 By Mr. Smola of Warren, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Todd M. Smola and Stephen M. Brewer for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Marcy L. Bray, an employee of the Department of Developmental Services. Public Service.

Since being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1988, Brewer has nobly served the citizens of Central and Western Massachusetts. Now representing the second largest Senate district in the Commonwealth, Brewer continues to diligently advocate for the communities he represents while being a statewide leader on fiscal matters facing the entire state.

Throughout his career, Brewer has remained committed to protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth and serving them honorably. Brewer is a tireless advocate for Veterans; in 2005 he was named the first ever Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs. During this time, Brewer advocated for one of the most comprehensive state benefits legislation for Veterans in the nation, known as the Massachusetts Welcome Home Bill. He continued his passionate advocacy on behalf of those who serve sitting on the Special Commission to Study and Investigate the Hidden Wounds of War on Massachusetts Service Members and advocating for funding to support Veterans Outreach Centers and Massachusetts Soldier’s Homes.

A friend of the sportsmen, Brewer has also placed the preservation of open space and agricultural land at the top of his list. Growing up on a farm himself, Brewer lead the way to the passage of the Dairy Farm Preservation Bill, which enabled the Department of Agricultural Resources to offer technical assistance and funds to farmers, making them eligible for loans for up to $500,000.

He now serves as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, one of the most powerful committees in the Senate, which is tasked with handling all matters relating to the finances of the Commonwealth. The position allows him to work closely on the budget that provides funding to municipalities, state agencies, and some of the neediest residents of the Bay State.

Following statewide healthcare reform, Brewer championed a new law that requires insurance companies that provide coverage for chemotherapy treatments to provide the same level of coverage for oral chemotherapy medication. The bill, first filed by Brewer in 2009, has been praised by doctors, patients and advocacy groups as a national model for the future of anti-cancer drugs

Brewer remains an active member of the local community by serving on a number of organizations including the Barre Library Association, Democratic Town Committee, South Barre Rod and Gun Club, the North Worcester County Quabbin Anglers Association and as an honorary member of the Spencer Exchange Club. Brewer also sits on the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules.

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator/Laborer
Spouse: Valerie
Children: 2

Career Highlights

  • Three time recipient of the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s Legislator of the Year Award
  • Leader in the passage the Massachusetts Welcome Home Bill; Recipient of the Charles Dick Medal of Merit award from The National Guard Association of the United States
  • Tireless advocate for changing the name of the Department of Mental Retardation to the Department of Developmental Services, reversing an antiquated stigma
  • In 2009, in partnership with the AdMeTech foundation, established the first ever Prostate Cancer Awareness Day. The event has become a national model in raising awareness for the disease

Education & Public Service

  • Barre Public Schools
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, B.A. '71
  • Assumption College, M.A. '74
  • 1996-Present Elected to State Senate; 1998 Served as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Steering and Policy; as Senate Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Energy; and as Senate Chairman of the Small Town Rural Caucus
  • 1999 Appointed to the Council of State Governments and served as Senate Chair of the Central Massachusetts Legislative Caucus;2001-02 Served as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Natural Resources & Agriculture
  • 2003-04 Served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Ethics and Rules;2005-06 Served as Chair of the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
  • 2007-08 Served as Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means;2008- Named Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; 2010-Present Chairman Senate Committee on Ways and Means
Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Middlesex -- Consisting of the towns of Ashburnham, Athol, Barre, Brookfield, Charlton, East Brookfield, Hardwick, Hubbardston, New Braintree, North Brookfield, Oakham, Paxton, Petersham, Phillipston, Rutland, Spencer, Sturbridge, Templeton, Warren, West Brookfield and Winchendon in the county of Worcester; the towns of Brimfield, Holland, Monson, Palmer and Wales in the county of Hampden; the town of Ware in the county of Hampshire; and the town of Ashby in the county of Middlesex.

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