BOSTON – Today, Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D- Pittsfield) was honored as the 2014 Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) during the organization’s lobby day at the State House.
The MASC mission is to achieve excellence in school committee leadership through advocacy, training and service.
“It is rare for a legislator to receive this honor more than once,” said Stephen J. Finnegan, MASC general counsel. “MASC members, especially those who live in western Massachusetts, know they can count on Senator Downing’s support and aggressive advocacy for our annual budget priorities, such as regional school transportation, Chapter 70 funding and the special education circuit breaker program.”
Downing was named MASC Legislator of the Year in 2007.
MASC first advised Downing of this honor in October of 2014, but a scheduling conflict postponed the award presentation until today. Recognizing Downing today, during MASC’s annual advocacy day on Beacon Hill, allowed hundreds of members from all over the Commonwealth to participate in the event and thank the Senator for his efforts.
"It is flattering to be recognized, but I accept this award on behalf of my colleagues in the Berkshire County Legislative Delegation, and the Western Massachusetts Legislative Delegation as whole,” said Downing. “Any success we’ve had is the result of our shared efforts and priorities. I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to do all in our power to meet the needs of the hardworking families we represent."
April has been an exciting month for Downing. On April 10th he was named the 2015 Western Massachusetts Champion for Children by the Children’s Trust; on April 16th he was proclaimed a “Good Guy” by the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus; and on April 27th he was named 2015 State Legislator of the Year by MassAccess.