Submitted by State representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford)
State representative Ken Gordon, whose district includes Bedford, Burlington and precinct 3 in Wilmington, was named House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Election Laws by Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo. He also landed a spot on the prestigious Joint Committee on Transportation and the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. He retained his spot on the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change.
“I am thrilled that the Speaker had the confidence to appoint me a Vice-Chair of a significant committee in only my second term,” said Gordon. “The Joint Committee on Election Laws has some important work to do this session. We must address the growth of money that is influencing our democratic process.
“I am fortunate to have been named to the Joint Committee on Transportation, which was my top choice all along,” said Gordon. “The issues that challenge Burlington, Bedford and Wilmington are all dwarfed by transportation woes. The traffic affects our daily lives, and our economy. Employers are attracted to our district by our highly educated work force, but will stay here only if they have access to transportation. This appointment gives me a way to address this key problem.”
The Joint Committee on Transportation, which passed a major financial package last term, must address the MTBA’s failures to keep up with winter weather emergencies, and its reliance on antiquated equipment. At the same time, the Committee must address crumbling roads and bridges that exist across the Commonwealth.
The Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight is involved with public contracts, public construction, open meeting laws, state regulation and agency and lobbyists’ reporting laws. “The issues brought to this agency involve the way in which we protect our infrastructure, as well as handle tax dollars. It is this public trust that this Committee oversees, and I am looking forward to its challenges.”
Gordon will return for a second term with the House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change. “We experienced the warmest year on record in 2014 and then were subject to the most snowfall since records were kept,” said Gordon. “Climate change is affecting us now, and unless we address it we will leave this planet with way to turn the clock back. Massachusetts must do its part to find a solution.
“I am grateful that the voters of the 21st Middlesex District have given me the chance to address our state’s problems, and I look forward to getting to work,” said Gordon.