Senator Barrett, Senator Donnelly, & Kaufman Discuss Legislative Priorities

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” welcomes Lexington & Woburn’s state delegation as they embark on another two year legislative session. The forum, the fifth of the 22nd season, will be held Thursday January 19th, 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Senator Kenneth Donnelly (D-Arlington) represents parts of Lexington and all of Woburn. For 35 years, he worked for the town of Lexington as a fire fighter, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was elected to the State Senate in 2009. In the past legislative session, Ken served as the Senate Majority Whip, and was the also the Senate Vice-Chair of Election Laws. Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington), elected in 2012, represents the rest of Lexington. He most recently served as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Post-Audit and Oversight, a unique body charged with overseeing implementation of all state programs run by the Governor and his appointees.

What’s the role of a state representative and a state senator? What are the legislative priorities and issues of your elected senator & representative? How is it working with Governor Charlie Baker? Does bi-partisanship work in Massachusetts on the state level? What are the challenges and goals of the Legislature for this upcoming session? Don’t miss this forum January 19th, from 7PM-8PM. As always, the forum will take its shape largely from questions from the audience. Questions can also be submitted in advance by email at , or tweet your questions to @repjaykaufman 

In 1997, OPEN HOUSE was awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, cable television’s equivalent of an Emmy. The series was also named the best television series by Massachusetts Cable Television Commission. The OPEN HOUSE series is produced through a partnership between Representative Kaufman and LexMedia which records the forums for broadcast in Lexington and Woburn.