Previously, Jamie served as State Representative for the 37th Middlesex district, after being elected the only Clean Elections candidate to public office in Massachusetts history in November 2002. Jamie is known for his leadership and independence on behalf of his constituents, which was illustrated in the very first vote he took after being sworn in –voting against Tom Finneran as Speaker of the House.
Since then, Jamie has focused his energies in the House and in the Senate on enhancing public education, stimulating the economy, promoting campaign and ethics reform, protecting the environment, improving public safety, expanding access to health care, and improving public transportation.
Jamie grew up with his younger sister Amanda in South Acton. His mother Betsy has been a kindergarten teacher in the Acton public schools for over twenty years, and his father Dave recently retired after working as an electrical engineer for thirty-five years for Raytheon Company in Marlborough and Sudbury.
A lifelong Acton resident, Jamie is a product of Acton’s public schools, graduating from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in 1991. Jamie’s commitment to public service was on display at an early age as he co-founded the high school’s community service organization, Acton Boxborough Community Outreach (ABCO).
Jamie is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he was President of the Student Body, and Boston College Law School, where he served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for two years. While in law school, Jamie became interested in a new area of public interest law called Community & Economic Development law, which he continues to support to this day.
In 2001, Jamie was elected as a member of the Acton Housing Authority and was appointed by the Acton Board of Selectmen as an Associate Member to the Acton Planning Board. Holding these positions gave him a deeper understanding of municipal budgets and the impact of state legislation on communities, and housing, environmental, and “Smart Growth” issues.
Jamie has also long been politically involved in the Middlesex & Worcester district. He was a town coordinator for then-State Representative Bob Durand’s first bid for State Senate in 1990, and he managed successful campaigns for Senator Durand and Senator Pam Resor in 1996, 1998 and 2000.
Advocacy for Those in Need
Prior to his election as State Representative, Jamie worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Lowell, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly. As a public interest lawyer, he also worked to help low-income residents with issues of housing, Social Security, disability, and unemployment.
Jamie received a National Equal Justice Works fellowship to help low- and moderate-income people buy their first homes, start a business, or create a non-profit to create change in their neighborhoods.