State Representative Jeffrey N. Roy was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District in 2012 and represents the residents of Franklin and Medway. He was re-elected in 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2020 and was appointed Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy in 2021. He previously served as Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education and as Acting Chair of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance. He is the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages “Making It” in Massachusetts.
Since 2013 Jeff has been part of a legislative team that has addressed the issues of education, economic development, the coronavirus pandemic, health care, substance use disorder, criminal justice, civil rights and social equity, gun safety, energy, and the environment. In addition, he led efforts to:
- Draft and pass the clean energy and offshore wind bill in 2022;
- Draft and pass the Genocide Education Act;
- Finalize the Roadmap Bill on climate change in 2021;
- Draft and pass legislation relative to sexual violence on higher education campuses;
- Draft and pass legislation increasing transparency and financial reporting requirements for higher education institutions;
- Draft and pass legislation that increased transparency and civic engagement by creating a searchable online database of legal notices;
- Pass legislation lowering thresholds on specialty license plates, making them available to smaller charities and causes; and
- Pass legislation to create a Regional Dispatch Center for Franklin, Norfolk, Wrentham, and Plainville.
In 2011, he was elected to the Town Council in the Franklin, Massachusetts. In January 2012, he was selected to chair the town’s Master Plan Committee. Prior to that, he served on the School Committee, and served as its Chairperson for 9 of his 10 years of service with that board. He also co-chaired Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Task Force. He also served as a member of Franklin’s Horace Mann School Building Committee, and formerly as the chairman of the Board of Directors for the non-profit Masque Theatre Co., Inc. in Milford, Massachusetts.
He has worked as an attorney in Massachusetts since 1986, and operates a law firm, Roy Law, in Franklin, Massachusetts. He has represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, he has appeared in cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court and Superior Court, the Federal District Courts of Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the Rhode Island Superior Court, Colorado Superior Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
He is a 1986 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1983, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bates Student newspaper. In addition, he received engineering training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1979 to 1981 and one year of legal training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. He participated in a judicial clerkship in 1985-86 with the Honorable Francis J. Larkin on the Appellate Division of the District Court, Western Division.
He has been married to his wife Maureen for 34 years and is the proud father of three children.
He is 20-year rider in the annual Pan Mass Challenge event which raises money for the Jimmy Fund. He has been riding as a member of the Phil Phriends team since 2003. He is also a guitar player and member of the band Ben Gardner’s Boat.
He was honored to be chosen as the 2019 Legislator of the Year award by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. He is a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Massachusetts Bar Association. I also serve on the Board of Incorporators for the Hockomock Area YMCA and the Milford Regional Medical Center. Other memberships include the College Club and Alumni-in-Admissions for Bates College. My honors and awards include the St. Thomas More Society of Worcester Scholarship and the American Jurisprudence Award for Constitutional Law.
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