Your State Representative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

Representative Jay Kaufman’s award winning public policy forum, “OPEN HOUSE,” holds a special “OPEN HOUSE” retrospective with “Your State Representative: Looking Back, Looking Ahead.” The forum, the third of the 23rd season, will be held Thursday November 16th, from 7:00PM-8:00PM at the historic Depot in Lexington Center (13 Depot Square in Lexington Center).

Jay Kaufman (D-Lexington) has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since January 1995 and is now in his fifth term chairing the legislature’s Committee on Revenue.  He had, for two terms before this, chaired the Committee on Public Service and led the effort to develop and pass several major pension reform initiatives.  His primary legislative interests are education, health care, campaign reform, environmental protection, and social and economic justice.  He led the fight to implement the state’s campaign finance reform law, and has chaired special task forces on medical records privacy, the social and ethical implications of genetic technology, and alternatives to property taxes to fund public schools. He has sponsored legislation aimed at tax fairness, including the Property Tax Circuit Breaker, and has been the chief legislative advocate for the Fair Share Amendment. He has consistently secured major budget increases for METCO, the state’s premier racial desegregation program. He serves on the board of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

What are the lessons of 23 years in the State House?  What has been accomplished?  What has changed?  What remains the same and remains to be done?  What have been the joys?  What have been the frustrations?  Representative Kaufman will reflect on his years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and invite you to reflect with him.  He’ll then look ahead to the challenges and opportunities for his 24th year, and then beyond.  What’s promised is an honest appraisal of a public life and thoughts about what’s next.

Don’t miss this very special event on November 16th, 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,, 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.