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Jay Kaufman
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifteenth Middlesex
In office
1995 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 20
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected1994
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBrandeis University
Master'sNew York University, 1971 and Brandeis University, 1973
Date of birth05/04/1947
Place of birthNew York, NY
ProfessionDirector, 'A New Public Education', Brandeis University
Office website
Jay Kaufman (b. May 4, 1947) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Fifteenth Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1994.

Kaufman has served as a member of the Lexington Town Meeting.


Kaufman's professional experience includes serving as Director of 'A New Public Education' at Brandeis University, Strategic Planning Consultant for Jay R. Kaufman Associates, Executive Director of Massachusetts Bay Consortium, and an Education Specialist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue Joint, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kaufman served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Kaufman served on the following committees:


Debt negotiations

Kaufman was a member of a bipartisan group organized by the National Conference of Legislatures called the Task Force on Federal Deficit Reduction (TFFDR). Consisting of 23 state lawmakers from 17 states,[2] the group went to Capitol Hill on September 21, 2011 to urge the Congressional Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to cut the nation's debt but not impose severe budget cuts on the states.

TFFDR urged the Committee to consider new revenue as a possibility, instead of just focusing on budget cuts as House Speaker John Boehner had proposed. The group specifically proposed passage of the "Main Street Fairness Act," which would allow states to tax online retailers.[3]



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Incumbent Jay Kaufman was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.[4]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Kaufman won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifteenth Middlesex District. Kaufman was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Kaufman won re-election to the Fifteenth Middlesex seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14 primary. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[7]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Fifteenth Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jay Kaufman (D) 12,332


On November 4, 2008, Kaufman won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Fifteenth Middlesex district.[8] In this election he raised $34,856; of that total $33,606 (96.4%) was from in state contributions and $1,250 (3.6%) was from out of state contributions.[9]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Second Hampshire district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Jay Kaufman (D) 15,299
All Others 181
Blanks 6,458

Campaign donors


In 2010, Kaufman received $31,593 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[10]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jay Kaufman's campaign in 2010
Retired Public Employees$500
Massachusetts Police Association$500
Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union$500
State Police Association Of Massachusetts$500
Leader, Judith$500
Total Raised in 2010 $31,593


Kaufman raised $34,856 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[11]

Donor Amount
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts $1,000
Massachusetts Organization of State Engineers & Scientists $1,000
Steven Grossman $1,000
Massachusetts Police Association $1,000
Massachusetts Federation of Teachers $1,000
Boston Teachers Union $1,000
1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East $1,000
Alan D. Solomont $1,000
Boston Carmens Union Local 589 $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000


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Kaufman has been involved with Environmental Business Council, Massachusetts Water Supply Citizens Advisory Committee, Small Business Association of New England, and WGBN.[1]

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