William Straus

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William Straus
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Bristol
Incumbent
In office
1993 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 21
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1992
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sMiddlebury College, Vermont
Master'sHarvard Kennedy School of Government
J.D.Georgetown University
Personal
BirthdayJune 26, 1956
Place of birthEast Orange, New Jersey
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
William M. Straus (b. June 26, 1956) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Tenth Bristol district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1992.

Biography

Straus' professional experience includes working as an attorney with Lang, Xifaras, and Bullard, previously serving as Assistant District Attorney in the Bristol County District Attorney's Office from 1982 to 1988.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation Joint, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives 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 William Straus is unopposed in the Democratic primary. Bill Soares is unopposed in the Republican primary.

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Straus won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Tenth Bristol District. Straus defeated Abilio Soares in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Bristol District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Straus 78.7% 2,918
Abilio Soares 21.3% 791
Total Votes 3,709

2010

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Straus won re-election to the Tenth Bristol seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Peter Winters (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Tenth Bristol District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Straus (D) 9,579
Peter Winters (R) 7,154

2008

On November 4, 2008, Straus won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Tenth Bristol district.[5] In this election he raised $35,531; of that total $33,190 (95.0%) was from in state contributions and $1,739 (5.0%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Tenth Bristol district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Straus (D) 16,484
All Others 150
Blanks 5,792

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Straus is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Straus raised a total of $391,231 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.[7]

William Straus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $89,120
2010 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $59,974
2008 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $35,531
2006 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $48,448
2004 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $63,448
2002 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $25,342
2000 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $40,782
1998 Massachusetts House, Tenth Bristol Won $28,586
Grand Total Raised $391,231

2012

Straus won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Straus raised a total of $89,120.
Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Straus's campaign in 2012
Boston Carmens Union Local 589$1,000
Construction Industries of Massachusetts$1,000
State Police Association of Massachusetts$1,000
Straus, Howard$1,000
Massachusetts Association of Realtors$800
Total Raised in 2012$89,120
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Straus received $59,974 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[8]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Straus's campaign in 2010
Beer Distributors Of Massachusetts$1,000
Straus, Howard$1,000
Massachusetts Police Association$1,000
Massachusetts Association Of Realtors$800
Didriksen, Harriet A$700
Total Raised in 2010 $59,974

2008

Strauss raised $35,531 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[9]

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Police Association $1,000
Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union $1,000
Boston Police Patrolmens Association $1,000
Massachusetts Association of Realtors $900
Sheet Metal Workers Local 17 $750

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2013-2014

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2013

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2011-2012

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Personal

Straus is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.[1]

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Preceded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Bristol 10
1993–present
Succeeded by
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