Jason’s Accomplishments

Senator Jason Lewis has been effective in delivering results for his constituents and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

District Accomplishments

  • Transportation Infrastructure Improvements: Helped secure millions of dollars in transportation bond bills for local transportation projects, including upgrading unsafe intersections, streetscape improvements, and other roadway improvements.
  • Flood Mitigation and Community Beautification: Helped secure millions of dollars in environmental bond bills for local flood mitigation efforts and community beautification projects, including parks and community gardens.
  • School Buildings: Championed new school building projects across the district, helping to ensure successful state and local funding for these projects exceeding $100 million.
  • Hall Memorial Pool: Facilitated a unique partnership between the state Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Boys & Girls Club of Stoneham and Wakefield that saved the Hall Memorial Pool in Stoneham from being closed.
  • Tri-Community Bikeway & Greenway: Helped secure $5 million in federal and state funding to construct the Tri-Community Bikeway & Greenway, and provided strong leadership to make this project a reality.
  • Commuter Rail Service: Helped secure $2 million in federal stimulus funding for accessibility improvements at the Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station. Led successful effort to convince the MBTA to roll-back proposed commuter rail schedule changes that threatened to reduce transit service to the district.
  • Stone Zoo: Championed efforts in the state legislature to support Zoo New England, which operates the Stone Zoo, by passing legislation that reorganized ZNE’s governance and increased private fundraising capacity. Helped secure millions of dollars in state support for Stone Zoo, including operating and capital funds.
  • Mass in Motion: Led efforts in the state legislature to support the Mass in Motion program that promotes opportunities for healthy eating and active living in our communities.
  • Additional Support for Local Priorities: Secured funding in the state budget for numerous local priorities, including $100,000 for Housing Families’ GREAT youth program, $75,000 to rehabilitate the historic Beebe Estate, $50,000 for a substance abuse coalition coordinator, and $100,000 for improvements at Lake Quannapowitt.

Legislative Accomplishments

  • Controlling Healthcare Costs: Helped lead the effort to create a first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust, to provide funding for innovative, community-based health and wellness programs across Massachusetts, aimed at reducing rates of preventable chronic diseases and lowering healthcare costs.
  • Ensuring Adequate and Equitable School Funding: Helped lead the effort to create the Foundation Budget Review Commission in order to update the Chapter 70 school finance formula, a critical step toward achieving more adequate and equitable funding for all our public schools.
  • Promoting Healthy Communities: Helped lead the effort to create a new Complete Streets Certification Program in order to assist communities in implementing complete streets design elements that promote increased physical activity and wellness and stimulate downtown revitalization efforts.
  • Ensuring Universal Childhood Immunization: Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to ensure a sustainable and secure funding source is available so that all children in Massachusetts have access to all recommended immunizations.
  • Combating West Nile Virus: Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to help municipalities combat the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.
  • Protecting Healthy Oceans: Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to end the shark fin trade in Massachusetts in order to discourage the cruel practice of shark finning and protect the ecological balance in our oceans.
  • Promoting Government Transparency and Accountability: Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to update the state’s public records law in order to ensure convenient, timely, and affordable access for the public to all state and municipal public records.
  • Protecting Youth from Tobacco and Nicotine Addiction: Crafted omnibus legislation that passed the Senate to protect young people from tobacco and nicotine addiction, in order to improve health, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Leading Efforts on Marijuana Policy: Led the Special Senate Committee on Marijuana which conducted an in-depth study and analysis of marijuana policy and published a 118 page report that is helping guide legislative efforts in this area.