State Senator Jason Lewis proudly represents the people of the Fifth Middlesex District of Massachusetts, which includes the cities and towns of Malden, Melrose, Reading, Stoneham, Wakefield, and parts of Winchester. He has been a leader in shaping public policy on a range of issues important to his district, region and the state, including education, healthcare, and economic opportunity for all.
Senator Lewis was elected to the State Senate in 2014 following five years serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He serves as the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, the Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, and the Assistant Vice Chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee. He is a member of the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Businesses, the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy and Senate Committee on Redistricting. He also co-founded and co-Chairs the legislature’s Prevention for Health Caucus.
Senator Lewis has championed reforms to the state’s education financing system in order to ensure that all children have access to a high quality public education. He believes healthcare is a human right and he has led efforts to improve the quality of care and contain healthcare costs by focusing on prevention and public health. And he has been a forceful advocate for increasing economic opportunity and fairness for poor and working families.
Senator Lewis was born in South Africa and came to the United States with his family when he was twelve years old. His experience growing up in a segregated society — as South Africa was under the racist apartheid system at the time — grounded him with a deep sense of social and economic justice, and he has been outspoken on issues of racial, gender, and LGBTQ equality.
Senator Lewis attended public schools, and, with the help of merit scholarships, graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Economics. He also earned a MBA degree from Harvard University.
Prior to entering public service, Senator Lewis had a long track record of accomplishment in the private sector, having helped build two successful software companies. He began his career with McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He held a number of senior management roles with RSA Security, a Bedford-based software company that is now part of Dell EMC, and later was the Senior Vice President of Marketing at Endeca Technologies, a venture capital-backed software company in Cambridge that is now owned by Oracle.
Senator Lewis and his wife, Susan, live in Winchester with their two daughters, Sophie and Jessie. Susan is a middle school science teacher and also serves on the Board of the Winchester Multicultural Network.
Senator Lewis is an elected member of Winchester Town Meeting. He previously served on the Winchester Finance Committee, the Winchester Master Plan Steering Committee, and the Board of Trustees of the Winchester Foundation for Educational Excellence.
Humane Society of the United States, State Legislator Award (2011)
Massachusetts Public Health Association, Public Health Champion Award (2012)
Massachusetts Association of School Business Officials, Friend of MASBO Award (2012)
Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Legislator of the Year Award (2013)
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, Legislator of the Year Award (2014)
Humane League, Legislator of the Year Award (2014)
Massachusetts Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Recognition for Child Vaccination Legislation (2014)
Massachusetts Library Association, Legislator of the Year Award (2015)
Housing Families, Certificate of Appreciation (2015)
Melrose Veterans Advisory Board, Certificate of Appreciation (2015)
Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, Certificate of Appreciation (2016)
Common Cause Massachusetts, Public Service Award (2016)
Advocates for Autism of Massachusetts, Impact and Achievement Award (2016)
Massachusetts Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (MCACS), John Collins Warren Award (2016)
The Arc of Massachusetts, Legislator of the Year Award (2017)
American Nurses Association Massachusetts, Friend of Nursing Award (2017)
AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, HIV/AIDS Legislative Leadership Award (2017)
Massachusetts Health Officers Association, Curtis M. Hilliard Award for Dedicated Service and Outstanding Achievement in Public Health (2017)
Triangle Inc., Public Servant of the Year Award (2018)
Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs, Legislative Champion Award (2018)
Workforce Solutions Group, Legislative Champion Award (2018)