I have been married to my wife Maureen for 32 years and I am the proud father of three children, all educated in the Franklin school system. My oldest graduated from Bates College in May 2012, and my middle child graduated from Boston College in 2015. My youngest graduated from Parsons the New School for Design in 2018.
In 2012, I was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 10th Norfolk District. I was re-elected in 2014, 2016 and 2018. It is a great honor and privilege to represent the residents of Franklin and Medway on Beacon Hill.
In 2019, I was appointed Chair of the Joint Committee on Higher Education. I am also the House-Chair of the Manufacturing Caucus, which promotes and encourages “Making It” in Massachusetts. I serve as a member of the House Committee on Personnel and Administration. You can view my State House page by clicking here.
In 2011, I was elected to the Town Council in the Franklin, Massachusetts, where I served for two years. In January 2012, I was selected to Chair the town’s Master Plan Committee. From 2001 through 2011, I served on the Franklin School Committee, and served as its Chairman for 9 of my 10 years of service with that board. In June 2010, I was elected as the Chairman of the Franklin Democratic Town Committee. I also co-chaired Franklin’s Anti-Bullying Task Force. I 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. 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.
I am a 1986 cum laude graduate of Boston College Law School in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. I received my undergraduate degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine in 1983, where I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Bates Student newspaper. In addition, I received engineering training at Worcester Polytechnic Institute from 1979 to 1981 and one year of legal training at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. I participated in a judicial clerkship in 1985-86 with the Honorable Francis J. Larkin on the Appellate Division of the District Court, Western Division.
I am employed at Roy Law in Franklin, Massachusetts, a law firm primarily devoted to the representation of injured persons. I specialize in product liability cases, automobile accidents, construction accidents, and other work-related injuries. I have represented clients at all levels of the trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts. In addition, I have 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.
I was honored to be chosen as the 2019 Legislator of the Year award by the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. I am 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.
I am also a bicycle rider in the annual Pan Mass Challenge event which raises money for the Jimmy Fund. I have been riding as a member of the Phil Phriends team since 2003. I am also a guitar player and member of the band Ben Gardner’s Boat.