|Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesex|
|2012 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||January 10, 2012|
|House of Representatives|
|2007 - 2012|
|J.D.||Harvard Law School, 1983|
|Date of birth||03/21/1957|
|Place of birth||Boston, Massachusetts|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Issues
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Scorecards
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Brownsberger was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.He was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.
Brownsberger served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Twenty-Fourth Middlesex District from 2007 to 2012. He also served on the Belmont Board of Selectmen from 1998 to 2007.
Brownsberger's professional experience includes working as a Defense Attorney and Associate Director of the Harvard University Division on Addictions. He has previously worked as Assistant Attorney General of Massachusetts, a consultant with Oliver Wyman and Company, Vice President of Goldman Sachs and Company, and a Project Manager with Morgan Stanley and Company, Incorporated.
Brownsberger's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt:"Will advocated for the major reforms in health and pension benefits achieved over the past two years and has been publicly recognized for his fair and thoughtful approach."
- Excerpt:"As a result Will’s efforts, the House now has a public bidding process for large contracts and the contracts are accessible to House members."
- Excerpt:"As a result of Will’s advocacy for greater transparency (together with advocacy by other legislators), state law now requires that all state spending be readily viewable by the public online."
- Excerpt:"Will favors a much simpler business tax code. The state shouldn’t be in the business of picking business winners and losers and handing out special deals to particular businesses or industries."
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Brownsberger served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Election Laws Joint, Vice-chair|
|• Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Joint|
|• Judiciary Joint|
|• Municipalities and Regional Government Joint|
|• Public Service Joint, Chair|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Brownsberger was appointed to the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets|
|• Global Warming and Climate Change|
|• Public Service Joint|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Brownsberger served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2009|
|• Global Warming and Climate Change, Vice-chair|
|• Public Service Joint|
|• Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets|
Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate 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 William Brownsberger was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.
Brownsberger was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. The election was held to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Markey (D) who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the June 25th election for John Kerry's vacant seat after his appointment as Secretary of State.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013|
|John Paul Maisano||2.2%||1,520|
|Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division|
Brownsberger won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Second Suffolk and Middlesex District. Brownsberger was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Steven Aylward (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesexk District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||William Brownsberger Incumbent||76.4%||45,852|
2012 special election
Brownsberger won election in the special election for the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District. He defeated fellow representative Jonathan Hecht (D) and two other candidates in the December 13, 2011 primary election. Brownsberger was unopposed in the special general election which took place on January 10, 2012.
Brownsberger won re-election to the Twenty-fourth Middlesex Seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Lalig Musserian (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Twenty-fourth Middlesex District (2010)|
|William Brownsberger (D)||12,732|
|Lalig Musserian (I)||3,656|
On November 4, 2008, Brownsberger won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Twenty-Fourth Middlesex district. In this election he raised $44,366; of that total $43,866 (98.9%) was from in state contributions and $500 (1.1%) was from out of state contributions.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives - Twenty-Fourth Middlesex district|
|William Brownsberger (D)||15,863|
In 2010, Brownsberger received $65,130 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to William Brownsberger's campaign in 2010|
|Donald, Nancy H||$500|
|Total Raised in 2010||$65,130|
Brownsberger raised $44,366 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below.
|Nancy S. Shilepsky||$1,000|
|Nancy H. Donald||$1,000|
|18 different donors||$500|
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- Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance: 2013-2014 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating economically conservative policy.
- Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on environmental issues.
Brownsberger and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.
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- Profile from Open States
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006
- William Brownsberger on Facebook
- Boston Herald, "Special election set to fill Steven Tolman’s Senate seat," October 14, 2011
- Massachusetts Election Division, "Special State Primary Candidates," accessed on November 16, 2011
- WBUR "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid" accessed June 27, 2013
- WCVB TV, "Massachusetts' 5th congressional primary results," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Rep. Brownsberger
- "mywillbrownsberger," Official Campaign Website
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
- Boston.com, "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," January 28, 2013
- The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
- 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
- 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Boston Herald, "Brownsberger on well-worn path to Mass. Senate," December 14, 2011
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2010 Second Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District special election candidates. Retrieved May 21, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed December 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed December 31, 2014
- Massachusetts House donor numbers
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
|Massachusetts State Senate Second Suffolk and Middlesex
2012 - present
| Succeeded by|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 24
| Succeeded by|
David M. Rogers (D)