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William Brownsberger
William Brownsberger.jpg
Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5
Date of primaryOctober 15, 2013
Current office
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesex
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJanuary 10, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
House of Representatives
2007 - 2012
Bachelor'sHarvard College
J.D.Harvard Law School, 1983
Date of birth03/21/1957
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionDefense Attorney
ReligionUnitarian Universalist
Office website
Campaign website
William N. Brownsberger (b. March 21, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Suffolk and Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in the January 10, 2012 special election. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created when Steven Tolman (D) resigned to serve as president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO.[1][2]

Brownsberger was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[3]He was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[4]

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.[5]


Campaign themes


Brownsberger's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[6]

  • 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."

Committee assignments


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:


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



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

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.[7]


See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Brownsberger was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[3] 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.[8][9]

He was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[4]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 31.6% 21,983
Peter Koutoujian 22% 15,303
Carl Sciortino 16% 11,160
Will Brownsberger 14.6% 10,163
Karen Spilka 13.1% 9,088
John Paul Maisano 2.2% 1,520
Martin Long 0.6% 398
Total Votes 69,615
Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

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.[10][11]

Massachusetts State Senate, Second Suffolk and Middlesexk District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Brownsberger Incumbent 76.4% 45,852
     Republican Steven Aylward 23.6% 14,190
Total Votes 60,042

2012 special election

See also: State legislative special elections, 2012

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.[12][13]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[14]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Twenty-fourth Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png 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.[15] 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.[16]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Twenty-Fourth Middlesex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png William Brownsberger (D) 15,863
All Others 176
Blanks 6,338

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Brownsberger received $65,130 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[17]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to William Brownsberger's campaign in 2010
Brownsberger, William$873
Seward, George$500
Hayes, John$500
Donald, Nancy H$500
Pressey, Walter$500
Total Raised in 2010 $65,130


Brownsberger raised $44,366 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[18]

Donor Amount
Nancy S. Shilepsky $1,000
Nancy H. Donald $1,000
18 different donors $500


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Massachusetts

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Brownsberger and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.[19]

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  1. Boston Herald, "Special election set to fill Steven Tolman’s Senate seat," October 14, 2011
  2. Massachusetts Election Division, "Special State Primary Candidates," accessed on November 16, 2011
  3. 3.0 3.1 WBUR "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid" accessed June 27, 2013
  4. 4.0 4.1 WCVB TV, "Massachusetts' 5th congressional primary results," accessed October 15, 2013
  5. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Brownsberger
  6. "mywillbrownsberger," Official Campaign Website
  7. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
  8., "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," January 28, 2013
  9. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
  10. 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
  11. 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
  12. Boston Herald, "Brownsberger on well-worn path to Mass. Senate," December 14, 2011
  13. Massachusetts Secretary of State, 2010 Second Suffolk and Middlesex Senate District special election candidates. Retrieved May 21, 2013
  14. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 13, 2014
  15. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
  16. Follow the Money 2008
  17. Follow the Money - 2010 Contributions
  18. Massachusetts House donor numbers
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Biography," accessed June 2, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Tolman
Massachusetts State Senate Second Suffolk and Middlesex
2012 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 24
Succeeded by
David M. Rogers (D)