James Eldridge

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James Eldridge
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Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Worcester
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 6
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sJohns Hopkins University, 1995
J.D.Boston College Law School, 2000
Date of birthAugust 11, 1973
Place of birthBoston, MA
Office website
Campaign website
James Eldridge (b. August 11, 1973) is a Democratic member of the [[Massachusetts Senate], representing the Middlesex and Worcester District since 2009. Eldridge was a representative with the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2003 to 2009. He began his political experience on the Acton Democratic Town Committee from 2000 to 2003. In 2001, he began serving as the vice-chair for the Middlesex-Worcester Democratic Coalition.

Eldridge began his professional experience in 1995 as a paralegal/litigation assistant for Hale and Dorr until 1997. Around that time, in 1996, he worked as a legislative aide for state senator Bob Durard for a year. In 2000, he worked as a campaign manager for state senator Pam Regon and also as a public interest lawyer for Merrimack Valley Legal Services. His work as a campaign manager lasted one year while his service as a public interest lawyer lasted two.

Eldridge earned his Bachelors degree in 1995 from Johns Hopkins University and his Juris Doctor in 2000 from Boston College Law School. [1]


James Eldridge is currently involved with a number of committees, including the Acton Democratic Town Committee, Middlesex Democratic Coalition, Nashua River Watershed Association, No Place for Hate, Worcester Democratic Coalition, Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce, Acton Lion's Club, Assabet River Rail Trail, Incorporated, Organization for the Assabet River, League of Women Voters, and the Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth. He was previously involved with the Acton Conservation Trust from 1997 to 2002.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

James Eldridge currently serves on the House Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and the House Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture. Previously, he served on the Acton Housing Authority and the Acton Planning Board.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Global Warming and Climate Change, Vice-chair
Housing Joint, Chair
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint
Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy Joint


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


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



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Eldridge won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Middlesex and Worcester District. Eldridge was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Dean J. Cavaretta (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts State Senate, Middlesex and Worcester District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJames Eldridge Incumbent 64.8% 52,922
     Republican Dean Cavaretta 35.2% 28,797
Total Votes 81,719


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Eldridge won re-election to the Middlesex and Worcester District Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. George Thompson ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Eldridge (D) 37,482
George Thompson (R) 28,133
All Others 36
Blanks 4,008


On November 4, 2008, Eldridge won the election in the Senate election for the Middlesex and Worcester district.[4] In this election he raised $371,202-; of that total $358,891 (96.7%) was from in state contributions and $12,294 (3.3%) was from out of state contributions.[5]

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Worcester district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png James Eldridge (D) 46,458
Steven Levy (R) 34,989
All Others 73
Blanks 7,027

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Eldridge received $222,435 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[6]


In 2008 James Eldridge collected $371,202 in donations. [7]

His four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $93,855
Daniel Tappan $1,000
Ronald Ansin $1,000
Woody Kaplan $1,000


James Eldridge was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Acton, Massachusetts. He is currently single and known to be Protestant.

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