Fellow freshman Rep. Dave Rogers of Belmont and I got to hang out with Supreme Judicial Court Justice Ralph Gants this evening at the Mass. Legal Assistance awards. He’s a very down to earth and approachable guy and we enjoyed talking to him.
House freshmen have elected Rep. Josh Cutler, a Duxbury Democrat, as their class president, an honor that comes with few responsibilities, but an honor nonetheless. This year’s House freshman class of 16 new members includes 15 Democrats and one Republican.
Cutler represents the 6th Plymouth District and succeeded Rep. Daniel Webster, who dropped out of last year’s race after winning the primary. Cutler is a former member of the Hull Board of Selectmen and the Duxbury Planning Committee, and he worked as editor and then publisher of his family’s owned newspaper, the Duxbury Clipper.
The freshmen selected Rep. Claire Cronin (D-Brockton) as class vice president, Rep. Marjorie Decker (D-Cambridge) as class treasurer, and Rep. Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) as class secretary. Despite her entering the Legislature last session after winning a special election, the newly sworn-in lawmakers allowed Rep. Keiko Orrall (R-Lakeville) to vote as a “red-shirt freshman.”
Had an amazing day getting sworn in today at the State House as your next state representative. It’s a great honor and I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity. Thanks to outgoing Rep. Dan Webster for his years of service and cooperation during the transition. For me the best part of the day was sharing it with my family and the great crew of supporters who came up to join me. We had more than 35 folks from up the district in total which was a wonderful surprise for me. I can tell you the Speaker was also surprised when we all showed up at his office for a visit after the ceremony! He graciously invited us all in for a group shot which I will post as soon as I get it. Again thank you all, I’ll be back at work tomorrow so don’t be shy about reaching out!