College Democrats of Boston College honor Downing as
2011’s Democratic Rising Star
Boston – State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) received the 2011 Democratic Rising Star award from the College Democrats of Boston College (CDBC) during an evening ceremony on the Chestnut Hill campus last night.
"I'm honored and grateful for being chosen as CDBC’s Rising Star,” said Downing. “Having worked with the CDBC, I know they are committed to the same issues - making government work and putting people to work - that drove me to enter public service. I thank them for their recognition and accept the award on behalf of the many friends, family and colleagues who have helped me serve the citizens of western Massachusetts."
The Democratic Rising Star award was first presented in 2010 to Newton Mayor Setti Warren. The award is given to a Massachusetts Democrat who demonstrates the ideals of the Democratic Party with the potential to accomplish great things over the course of his career.
CDBC selected Downing because of his passion for getting young people involved in politics. The Senator serves as the Honorary Chair of the College Democrats of Massachusetts and the Co-chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s Committee on Youth Services. Through these leadership roles CDBC’s members have enjoyed extensive interactions with Downing and were struck by his sincerity and true commitment to college students in Massachusetts.
"Senator Downing represents so much of what an elected official should be - someone who is passionate, accessible, and truly cares about the needs and desires of his constituents. This, coupled with his strong support for involving youth in politics, demonstrates that he will be an important voice in the political process in years to come,” said Kristoffer Munden, President of CDBC.