ADDP is pleased to announce that Senator Joan Lovely (D-Second Essex) and Representative Paul Brodeur (D-32nd Middlesex) have been respectively selected as the Senator and Representative of the Year by the statewide Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers.
Senator Lovely has been serving in the Massachusetts Senate since January 2013. Senator Lovely serves in Leadership as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means; Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight; and as a member on the Joint Committees on Public Health; Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy; and Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development. Senator Lovely also serves as Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities. ADDP is especially grateful for her recent support of SB2606 “An Act to Establish a Registry of Caretakers found to have Substantiated Abuse Against Persons with Intellectual Disability or Developmental Disability.” Outside of her committee work, Senator Lovely is the Senate Chair of the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression, and is a member of the Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Options.
Representative Paul A. Brodeur was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2010. In 2013, Rep. Brodeur was appointed as the House Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Public Licensure, where he acted as a strong critic of both consumer exploitation as well as burdensome and unnecessary regulations. In the 2015-2016 legislative session, he was named House Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Currently, Rep. Brodeur serves as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development and continues to support legislation to aid developmental disabilities providers as they contend with a workforce crisis. Rep. Brodeur has also authored legislation (HB2483 “An Act Relative to Training for Public Safety Officials Regarding Persons with Autism”) which would offer local law enforcement specific training on how to best identify and interact with individuals with autism in an effective and appropriate manner.
Senator Lovely and Representative Brodeur will be honored at a State House Luncheon on Thursday, January 23, 2019, in the Great Hall of Flags, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. To register, please CLICK HERE