Benjamin Downing

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Benjamin Downing
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Massachusetts State Senate, Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sProvidence College, 2003
Master'sTufts University, 2008
Personal
BirthdaySeptember 11, 1981
Place of birthGreat Barrington, Massachusetts
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Benjamin B. Downing (b. September 11, 1981) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Biography

Downing earned his B.A. in Political Science from Providence College in 2003, and M.P.P. from Tufts University in 2008. His professional experience includes working as a legislative assistant for U.S. state representative John Olver from 2003 to 2005, and a communications director for the United Veterans of America from 2005 to 2006.[1]

Downing has been involved with a number of non-legislative committees, including the Governor's Advisory Commission on Local Government, the Joint Committee on Higher Education, the Joint Committee on Revenue, the Leadership Council to End Chronic Homelessness in Berkshire County, and the Pittsfield Democratic Committee.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Downing served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bills in the Third Reading, Chair
Global Warming and Climate Change
Post Audit and Oversight
Ways and Means
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Joint
Higher Education Joint
Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy Joint, Chair
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint, Vice-chair
Ways and Means Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Downing served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Downing served on these committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate will consist of a primary election on September 9, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Benjamin Downing (D) is unopposed in the Democratic primary.

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Downing won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District. Downing was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Downing won re-election to the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District seat in 2010. He had no opposition. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Downing (D) 41,627
All Others 264
Blanks 9,674

2008

On November 4, 2008, Downing won re-election in the Senate election for the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district.[3] In this election he raised $137,388; of that total $126,823 (92.3%) was from in state contributions and $10,540 (7.7%) was from out of state contributions.[4]

Massachusetts State Senate - Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Downing (D) 63,559
All Others 671
Blanks 13,694

2006

On November 7, 2006 Downing won the Senate election in the Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district.[5] He raised $132,415; of that total $123,440 (93.2%) was from in-state contributions and $7,550 (5.7%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate - Berkshire, Hampshire and Franklin district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Benjamin Downing (D) 37,763
Matthew Kinnaman (R) 13,595
Dion Robbins-Zust (Green-Rainbow) 1,988
All Others 25
Blanks 1,746

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Downing received $123,417 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Benjamin Downing's campaign in 2010
Massachusetts Credit Union League$1,000
Doherty, Gerard F$1,000
Boston Police Patrolmens Association$1,000
Song, Yongjun$1,000
Retired Public Employees$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $123,417

2008

In 2008 Benjamin Downing collected $137,388 in donations.[8]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Benjamin Downing $2,500
Massachusetts Credit Union League $1,000
Massachusetts Electrical Workers $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000

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2013-2014

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2013

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2011-2012

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Personal

Downing was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts and raised in Pittfield, Massachusetts. He has served as a member of the Catholic Youth Center and part of the Advisory Council in the Mahiwe Performing Arts Center.

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Massachusetts State Senate Berkshire, Hampshire, and Franklin
2007–present
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