Jason’s Accomplishments

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

Investing in local economic development and securing resources for our communities

  • Helped secure millions of dollars in transportation bond bills for local transportation projects: including upgrading unsafe intersections, streetscape improvements, and other roadway improvements.
  • Helped secure millions of dollars in environmental bond bills for local flood mitigation efforts and community beautification projects, including parks, playgrounds, and community gardens.
  • Championed new school building projects across the district, helping to ensure successful state and local funding for these projects exceeding $100 million.
  • 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 closing.
  • Helped secure $5 million in federal and state funding to construct the Tri-Community Bikeway & Greenway, and provided strong leadership to overcome many obstacles to make this project a reality.
  • 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.
  • 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, and helped secure millions of dollars in state support for Stone Zoo.
  • 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.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to create a new Complete Streets program that is assisting our communities with improving pedestrian and bike safety and supporting downtown revitalization efforts.
  • Secured funding in state budget bills for numerous additional local priorities, including rehabilitating the historic Beebe Estate, improving Lake Quannapowitt, fixing the Fellsway East/Highland St intersection, repairing the Wyoming Cemetery wall, opening a health center at Malden High School, renovating the Albion Cultural Exchange, improving downtown wayfinding in Stoneham, supporting Housing Families youth program, restoring the Aberjona riverbank, supporting the Wakefield Main Streets initiative, renovating Memorial Hall, and restoring the historic organ in Stoneham town hall.

Leading efforts to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare

  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to create a first-in-the-nation Prevention and Wellness Trust, providing funding for innovative, community-based health and wellness programs that are aimed at reducing rates of preventable chronic diseases and lowering healthcare costs.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to protect youth from the health risks of tobacco and nicotine addiction, including e-cigarettes and vaping products, in order to improve health, save lives, and reduce healthcare costs.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to ensure that all children in Massachusetts are able to receive all recommended immunizations.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to help municipalities combat the risk of mosquito-borne diseases like West Nile Virus.
  • Sponsored numerous bills to strengthen youth substance use prevention and reduce rates of tobacco, vaping, marijuana, and alcohol use.
  • Sponsored numerous successful budget amendments to increase funding for peer-to-peer recovery centers, school-based health centers, YMCAs and YWCAs, and other health programs.

Championing adequate funding for our public schools

  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to create the Foundation Budget Review Commission (FBRC) in order to review and update the Chapter 70 school funding formula, a critical step toward achieving more adequate and equitable funding for all our public schools.
  • Helped pass legislation in the Senate to implement the recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to enable local school districts to create Special Education Stabilization Funds, a helpful tool for managing unanticipated special education costs.

Fighting for working families

  • Led successful negotiations with the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and the business community to increase the statewide minimum wage to $15 an hour, which will put more money in the pockets of almost a million low-income workers in Massachusetts.
  • Led successful negotiations with the Raise Up Massachusetts coalition and the business community to create the strongest paid family and medical leave program in the nation, so that workers will not have to choose between earning a paycheck and caring for a seriously ill family member or bonding with a new baby.
  • Helped lead effort to pass the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act to ensure that pregnant women receive protections and reasonable accommodations in the workplace.
  • Helped lead effort to pass legislation to provide all workers in Massachusetts with Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) protections.
  • Sponsored legislation that was signed into law to expand the public service scholarship program for family members of veterans.
  • Sponsored successful budget amendment to provide funding for Low Income Tax Clinics that help people apply for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and resolve other tax issues.
  • Sponsored successful budget amendment to provide funding to expand registered apprenticeship programs into new industries and provide alternative pathways to good paying jobs and careers for young people.
  • Helped lead effort to pass legislation to significantly curtail the use of non-compete agreements, which are unfair to workers and also stifle innovation and job creation.

Other progressive legislative accomplishments

  • 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.
  • 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.