About Senator Eldridge

Meet Jamie

State Senator Jamie Eldridge has served as State Senator for the Middlesex and Worcester district since January 2009. Previously, Jamie served as State Representative for the 37th Middlesex district, after being elected the only Clean Elections candidate to public office in Massachusetts history in November 2002. Jamie is known for his leadership and independence on behalf of his constituents, including standing up against corporate interests, fighting for more transparency in government, and election and campaign finance reform.

Jamie has focused his energies in the Senate on these critical issues, as well as investing in public education and transportation, stimulating the economy, making healthcare a right, protecting the environment and increasing access to clean energy, criminal justice reform, protecting immigrants, expanding civil rights, passing zoning reform, and creating more affordable housing.

Family Roots

Jamie grew up with his younger sister Amanda in South Acton.  His mother Betsy was a kindergarten teacher in the Acton public schools for over twenty-seven years, and his father David worked as an electrical engineer for over 40 years years for Raytheon in Marlborough and Sudbury. Jamie currently lives in West Acton village.

Education

A lifelong Acton resident, Jamie is a product of Acton’s public schools, graduating from Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in 1991.  Jamie’s commitment to public service was on display at an early age as he co-founded the high school’s community service organization, Acton Boxborough Community Outreach (ABCO). Jamie is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University, where he was President of the Student Council,  and Boston College Law School, where he served as President of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF) for two years. While in law school, Jamie became interested in a new area of public interest law called Community & Economic Development law, which he continues to support to this day.

Community Involvement

In 2001, Jamie was elected as a member of the Acton Housing Authority and was appointed by the Acton Board of Selectmen as an Associate Member to the Acton Planning Board.  Holding these positions gave him a deeper understanding of municipal budgets and the impact of state legislation on communities, and housing, environmental, and “Smart Growth” issues. Jamie has also long been politically involved in the Middlesex & Worcester district.  He was a town coordinator for then-State Representative Bob Durand’s first bid for State Senate in 1990, and he managed successful campaigns for Senator Durand and Senator Pam Resor in 1996, 1998 and 2000.

Advocacy for Those in Need

Prior to his election as State Representative, Jamie worked as a public interest attorney with Merrimack Valley Legal Services in Lowell, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to the poor and the elderly.  As a public interest lawyer, he also worked to help low-income residents with issues of housing, Social Security, disability, and unemployment. Jamie received a National Equal Justice Works fellowship to practice community economic development law, helping low- and moderate-income families buy their first homes, start a business, or create a non-profit to create change in their neighborhoods, as well as community development corporations (CDCs) help poor neighborhoods. He continues to be a strong advocate and ally for community development to this day, in the Legislature.