James Brett

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James Brett
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 13th Suffolk District
In office
Preceded byThomas Finneran
Succeeded byMartin J. Walsh
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 14th Suffolk District
In office
Preceded byJohn J. Finnegan
Succeeded byAngelo Scaccia
Personal details
Born (1949-12-22) December 22, 1949 (age 69)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ResidenceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materAmerican University
Suffolk University
John F. Kennedy School of Government

James T. Brett (born December 22, 1949, Boston)[1]) is a former American politician who is the current president and CEO of The New England Council.[2] He is also the Chairman of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.[3]


Brett grew up in Savin Hill, one of six siblings, the eldest of whom, Jack (died 2010) was born with an intellectual disability. In high school, Brett participated in a federal TRIO program called Upward Bound, which works with students to prepare them for college. Prior to joining The New England Council, Brett represented the 14th Suffolk District from 1981 until his resignation in 1996. As a member of the House, served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Banks and Banking, the Joint Committee on Criminal Justice, the Joint Committee on Congressional Redistricting, the Joint Committee on Counties, the House Committee on Legislative Redistricting, the House Committee on Taxation, and the House Committee on Banking.[2]

In 1993, he was a candidate in the Boston mayoral election. He finished second in the nonpartisan primary, but lost in the general election to Acting Mayor Thomas Menino.[4] From 1980-81, Brett was the Assistant Secretary of Energy.[1]


  1. ^ a b 1995-1996 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  2. ^ a b "James T. Brett". The New England Council. The New England Council. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  3. ^ Lotan, Gal Tziperman (May 19, 2011). "Brett gets the call from White House". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Election Results". Cityofboston.gov. The City of Boston. Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2011.