William Brownsberger

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William Brownsberger
William Brownsberger.jpg
Massachusetts State Senate 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex
In office
2012 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
Base salary$61,133/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 Brownsberger (b. March 21, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the 2nd 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 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.[3]


Campaign themes

Brownsberger's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

  • 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, 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.[5][6]

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.[7][8]


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.[9]

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. [10] 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. [11]

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.[12]


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

His major contributors are listed below. [13]

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


Brownsberger and his wife, Carolyn, have three children.[14]

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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)