|Massachusetts State Senate, Hampden District|
| Assumed office|
January 5, 2011
| Current term ends|
January 5, 2013
Welch is a realtor. He is a member of the Dante Club, May Institute Human Rights Committee, Westfield Elks, and West Springfield Rotary Club.
Welch attended Westfield State College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Steinbeisser has been appointed to these committees:
- Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business
- Joint Committee on Election Laws
- Joint Committee on Higher Education
- Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, Chair
Public Safety and Homeland Security
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Steinbeisser served on these committees:
Welch won election to the Hampden senate seat in 2010. He defeated Susan Dawson and Ronald Patenaude in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated Robert Magovern (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Hampden District|
|James Welch (D)||21,567|
|Robert Magovern (R)||13,824|
On November 4, 2008, Welch won re-election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Sixth Hampden district.  In this election he raised $48,151-; of that total $43,376- (90.1%) was from in state contributions, $4,550- (9.4%) was from out of state contributions, and $225- (0.5%) was from unknown sources. 
|Massachusetts House of Representatives - Sixth Hampden district|
|James Welch (D)||13,531|
In 2010, Welch raised $93,970 in contributions. 
His three largest contributors were:
|Welch, James T||$5,000|
|Fulco, Mark B||$1,100|
Welch raised $48,151 in the 2008 election cycle.
His major contributors are listed below. 
|Boston Police Patrolmens Association||$1,000|
|Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union||$1,000|
|Massachusetts Association of Realtors||$900|
|Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts||$700|
|Retired Public Employees||$600|
Welch and his wife Kara have two children.
- Jim Welch's personal website
- Project Vote Smart legislative profile
- Project Vote Smart biography
- Campaign contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004
- Jim Welch on Facebook
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