Annual Dinner Honoree: Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg to receive Legislator of the Year Award

Issue March/April 2016 By Mike Vigneux

The Massachusetts Bar Association will present its Legislator of the Year Award to Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg (D-Amherst) at its Annual Dinner on April 28, at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

The MBA's Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to a state or federal legislator who has distinguished himself/herself in public service through outstanding contributions to the legal profession, the courts and the administration of justice.

"Senator Rosenberg has served the residents of Massachusetts for more than 20 years and has become a highly respected leader within our state Legislature," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel and COO Martin W. Healy. "We welcome his insight on criminal justice reform, and we're proud to recognize his well-established commitment to the legislative process."

Elected by his colleagues as the 93rd president of the Massachusetts Senate in January 2015, Rosenberg previously served as Senate majority leader from 2013 to 2015.

Rosenberg is a supporter of criminal justice reform, including reducing incarceration and recidivism by creating stronger re-entry programs for those that have been incarcerated. He was instrumental in the creation of the bipartisan Criminal Justice Commission, which led to Massachusetts' selection as a Council of State Governments Justice Reinvestment state. In addition, he also advocated for the passage of Chapter 254 of the Acts of 2014, which brought attorney-conducted voir dire to Massachusetts for the first time.

His public service career began in 1987, when he was elected to the Massachusetts House before joining the Senate in 1991. The longest tenured member of the Senate, Rosenberg has served as president pro tempore, assistant majority leader and chairman of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. In 2001 and 2011 he also served as Senate chair of the Joint Committee on Redistricting.

Known as an advocate for education and social justice for all, Rosenberg is committed to supporting working families, protecting the environment, increasing government transparency and ensuring all students have the opportunity to succeed. He was a chief strategist behind a 2000 bill aimed at curtailing racial profiling and a key leader in preserving the newly won right of same-sex marriage in 2003.

A resident of Amherst, Rosenberg has lived in the Pioneer Valley for 40 years and represents the Hampshire-Franklin District, which includes both Amherst and Northampton. He is a graduate of Revere High School and UMass Amherst.