BOSTON – Today Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) was honored as one of the 2015 “Good Guys” as determined by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus (MWPC) during a ceremony at the historic Omni Parker House in Boston.
"It is an honor to recognize Senator Downing at this year's Good Guys Awards," stated MWPC Executive Director Samantha Washburn-Baronie. "Senator Downing is a champion for women and families across western Massachusetts, and he leads by promoting and encouraging women to participate in politics. We are thrilled to honor the amazing strides he has made to support women and families in Massachusetts."
The MWPC is a non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of women elected to public office and appointed to public policy positions in Massachusetts. Caucus members include a diverse group of prominent and influential women in the political, academic, business and non-profit communities.
Downing supports the MWPC’s goals: his chief of staff, committee counsel and constituent casework manager are all talented women.
"It's an honor to be recognized, especially among such a distinguished group,” said Downing. “I am blessed to be surrounded by strong, talented and thoughtful women throughout my life. These experiences have shown me the potential we can tap into. We need to encourage, support and engage women across the political spectrum and in all sectors, to see that potential realized."
The MWPC introduced the Good Guys Awards in 2002 to honor men who demonstrate an ongoing commitment and partnership in achieving equality for women.
In total, six men were celebrated as “Good Guys” during today’s event. The other honorees were Senator Mo Cowan (Of Counsel, Mintz Levin and Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, ML Strategies), Dr. Joshua Boger (Founder, Director & CEO, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Executive Chair, Alkeus Pharmaceuticals), Robert Lewis, Jr. (President & Founder, The BASE and the Boston Astros), James Norton (Vice President, General Dynamics Mission Systems) and Bob Rivers (President & Chief Operating Officer, Eastern Bank).
Caption: 2015 MWPC Good Guys: James Norton, Senator Ben Downing, Bob Rivers, event emcee Paula Ebben (WBZ TV news anchor), Joshua Boger, Senator Mo Cowan, Robert Lewis, Jr., MWPC Executive Director Samantha Washburn-Baronie and Meg Hogan, MWPC Board President.