William M. Straus
|William M. Straus|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 10th Bristol District|
|Preceded by||John C. Bradford|
|Born||June 26, 1956
East Orange, New Jersey
|Alma mater||Middlebury College
William M. Straus (born June 26, 1956 in East Orange, New Jersey) is a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He represents the 10th Bristol District comprising the towns of Fairhaven; New Bedford: Ward 3: Precinct A, Ward 4: Precincts D, E; Marion; Mattapoisett; and Rochester.  He was first elected in 1992 and most recently re-elected in November 2012 for another two year term beginning in January 2013.
Education and early career
Representative Straus received his B.A. degree from Middlebury College in 1978 and his J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1982. He received a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. From 1978 to 1981 he worked for former U.S. Senator John Culver (D-Iowa). From 1982 to 1988 he was an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County, Massachusetts. He later served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facilities Site Safety Council and the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission.
Representative Straus currently serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation. In the 2009-2010 legislative term Representative Straus serves as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Environment and Agriculture. During the 2005-2006 term of the Massachusetts Legislature he was a member of the Joint Committees on the Environment, Consumer Protection and Bonding-Capital Expenditures. In prior sessions of the Legislature he has served as Vice Chairman of the Transportation Committee and as Chairman of the Committee on Election Laws.
Straus has been very involved in the South Coast Rail project through his work on the Joint Committee on Transportation. He has also filed legislation to make public the MBTA pension system finances. Representative Straus also vote in favor of the 2011 law that authorized casino gambling in Massachusetts.
- "William Straus". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- 1993–1994 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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- Wittenberg, Ariel (May 15, 2013). "Straus sees hope for Rail in conference committee". The Standard Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- DeCosta, Steve (April 25, 2013). "Straus' amendment would open MBTA pension books". The Standard-Times. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
- Tuoti, Gary (September 15, 2011). "Local reps show great support for casino bill". Taunton Daily Gazette. Retrieved 17 May 2013.