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Will Brownsberger
William N. Brownsberger.jpg
President pro tempore of the Massachusetts Senate
Assumed office
March 20, 2019
Preceded byMarc R. Pacheco
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the 2nd Suffolk and Middlesex district
Assumed office
January 24, 2012
Preceded bySteven Tolman
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 24th Middlesex district
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 24, 2012
Preceded byAnne Paulsen
Succeeded byDavid M. Rogers
Personal details
Born (1957-03-21) March 21, 1957 (age 64)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationHarvard University (BA, JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

William N. Brownsberger (born March 21, 1957) is an American state legislator and President Pro Tempore of the Massachusetts Senate[1] representing the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District[2] which includes his hometown of Belmont, as well as Watertown, and parts of Allston, Brighton, Fenway-Kenmore, and Back Bay which are neighborhoods of Boston. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2013 special election to succeed Ed Markey in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Early life and education[edit]

Brownsberger was born in Boston, Massachusetts and raised in Watertown, Massachusetts. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in 1978 and then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1985.[3]

Political biography[edit]

A member of the Democratic Party, he ran uncontested in a January 2012 special election to replace Steven Tolman in the Massachusetts Senate, having won a crowded Democratic primary.[4] He was sworn in on January 24, 2012.[5] He was then re-elected in November 2012 to a 2-year term to the 188th General Court, with redistricting that removed areas of Cambridge and added more of Boston. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 2007 representing the 24th Middlesex district. Before that, he served three terms as a Belmont Selectman and as Massachusetts Assistant Attorney General for six years. He is a full-time legislator, with a career that spans law, business, and public service. A full profile of Senator Brownsberger's professional and civic experience can be viewed at his website. He was endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America when he ran for re-election to the State House in 2010.[6]

His Senate profile including the Bills and Laws he has sponsored and co-sponsored can be viewed at the Massachusetts General Court website.

His legislative priorities include justice and human rights, transparency in government, financial responsibility, environmental responsibility, education innovation, and transportation.

Congressional campaign[edit]

Brownsberger ran unsuccessfully in the 2013 special election to succeed U.S. Representative Ed Markey, who resigned in June 2013 to take a seat in the U.S. Senate.[7]


Brownsberger was born and raised in Watertown and currently resides in Belmont, Massachusetts and is married with three daughters. He is also a marathoner, triathlete, and avid cyclist.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "New Job". 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  2. ^ [1] (Massachusetts General Court).
  3. ^ "Will Brownsberger - About". Facebook. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
  4. ^ Tucker, Franklin; Breitrose, Charlie (December 14, 2011). "Why Will Won: Staying Close to Home Pays Off for Brownsberger". Belmont Patch. Belmont, MA.
  5. ^ General Election Results. Elect Will Brownsberger.
  6. ^
  7. ^ Miller, Joshua (July 1, 2013). "Candidates propose 'People's Pledge' for US House race". The Boston Globe.

External links[edit]

Massachusetts Senate
Preceded by
Marc R. Pacheco
President pro tempore of the Massachusetts Senate