Stephen Brewer

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Stephen Brewer
Stephen Brewer 2010.jpg
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
Incumbent
Assumed office
1995
Personal details
Born (1948-02-10) February 10, 1948 (age 66)
Worcester, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Residence Barre, Massachusetts
Alma mater University of Massachusetts Amherst
Assumption College
Religion Catholic

Stephen Brewer is an American politician serving in the Massachusetts Senate since 1995.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stephen Brewer was born on February 10, 1948 in Worcester, MA. [2] He was raised in the town of Barre, Massachusetts.[3] He received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1971, and his M.A. from Assumption College in 1974.[2]

Political career[edit]

Brewer started his political career on the Barre Board of Selectmen, where he served from 1977 to 1984, eventually becoming the board's chairman. He also worked as an aide to state Senator Robert D. Wetmore from 1980 to 1988. He became a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1989 and moved onto the Massachusetts Senate in 1997.[2]

In the state Senate he represents the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin District. As the Senate Chair for the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, Brewer was instrumental in the passing of the Welcome Home Bill, a comprehensive package for recent combat veterans to come home to as they transition back to civilian life. He also chairs the Senate Committee on Bills in the Third Reading and is Vice-Chair of the Joint Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.

On October 14, 2011, Sen. Brewer opposed a budget amendment by state Rep. James J. Lyons, Jr. (R-Barre) that would have required the Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services to give a public accounting on state benefits given to immigrants, both documented and undocumented. The amendment died in the resolution phase of the Senate and House versions. Sen. Brewer said, “It was not a Senate priority. I think it needs further study.” [4]

Brewer has announced he will retire from the state Senate at the end of his term in January 2015.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Brewer practices Catholicism.[2] As of 2009 he resides in Barre with his wife Valerie and two daughters, April and Audrey.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Commonwealth of Massachusetts (2009–2010). "State Senator Stephen M. Brewer". List of Members of the 186th General Court. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Senator Stephen M. Brewer's Biography". Vote Smart. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Massachusetts State Senator Stephen M. Brewer Constituent Services web site (2009-06-03). "Background". Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  4. ^ http://bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2011_1015rep_sits_tight_wins_duel_over_budget
  5. ^ Mass. state Sen. Brewer to retire at end of term
Political offices
Preceded by
Steven C. Panagiotakos
Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee
2011–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent