On May 26, 2021, Sen. Eric Lesser presented an amendment to raise support for organizations facing domestic terrorism and hate crimes through nonprofit security grants to his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate.

These are his remarks as given.

Senator Lesser delivering his remarks on the floor of the Massachusetts State Senate

Thank you, Mr. President, and through you to the members. I rise in support of Amendment #613, funding for nonprofit security grants.

Mr. President, On the morning of Thursday, April 2, 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic raged, a 36-year-old man from a small town in Western Massachusetts filled…


On May 23, 2019, Sen. Eric Lesser presented an amendment to raise support for organizations facing domestic terrorism and hate crimes through nonprofit security grants to his colleagues in the Massachusetts State Senate.

This is a record of his remarks as given.

The Senate votes to pass Sen. Lesser’s amendment to provide $500,000 to the Nonprofit Security Grant Program for security upgrades at places where people gather to learn, play and worship.

Thank you, Mr. President, and through you to the members.

This past fall — or this past March — in Fall River, 59 gravestones were defaced with anti-Semitic slurs and swastikas. This was done, it’s believed, on the Jewish Sabbath. This is not it. In Peabody, in November, a BB gun shot out the window of a Chabad…


On July 29, 2020, Sen. Eric Lesser presented to his colleagues in the Massachusetts Senate, “An Act to encourage new development and usher in a recovering economy,” the ENDURE Act.

The onset of a crisis

This spring, simple assumptions we all made about life, that our children would wake up and head off to school, that hugging a grandparent was safe, that Fenway Park would be filled with fans, were shattered for what feels like forever.

A contagious virus flew across the globe, and it landed with ferocity here in Massachusetts. Months later, we remain one of the hardest-hit states. Over 8,000 dead, over…


On July 16, 2020, Sen. Eric Lesser spoke on the floor of the Massachusetts State Senate during debate on a significant transportation funding and policy bill. These are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

I want to talk a little bit about the very significant funding in the Transportation Bond Bill — $50 million in authorizations for West-East Rail service, as we have begun to call it in Western Mass. There are also a lot more rail projects authorized in this legislation: South Coast Rail, for example, was pointed out. But I want to just take a moment to…


On June 25, 2019, Sen. Eric Lesser spoke with the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, an organization that unites and strengthens the Massachusetts nonprofit sector through advocacy, public awareness, and capacity-building. These are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

Our generation — the Millennial Generation — is seeing a troubling divergence between not-for-profit work and political work.

Our generation is more engaged, more interested in changing the world than any previous generation. But our young people don’t view government as the way to do it, they view nonprofits as the way to do it.

Interest in community work, in volunteering, has skyrocketed…


This is the first year the Senate is back in the historic Senate Chamber for budget debate since it was closed for renovations in 2017. A new quote adorns the wall, in recognition of Frederick Douglass and his relationship with Massachusetts: “Truth, Justice, Liberty, and humanity will ultimately prevail.”

This live-blog is being updated in real time. Check back for updates throughout the Senate budget debate.

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Watch Sen. Lesser’s 2019 Budget Preview:

TUESDAY, MAY 21

10 a.m.: Debate on the Senate version of the FY2020 budget is scheduled to begin.

1:05 p.m.: After opening remarks from the Senate Ways and Means Chairman, Sen. Michael Rodrigues; Minority Leader Bruce Tarr; and other members, the Senate passes Amendment #3, introduced by Sen. Cindy Creem, which directs additional funding for the Community Preservation Act.

Sen. Lesser had an extra staffer in the State House today:

About 4:30 p.m.: The Senate passes Amendment #331, sponsored by Sen. Michael Barrett, to…


This live-blog is being updated in real time. Check back for updates throughout the Senate budget debate.

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The theme of the Senate’s FY19 budget is “Creating Opportunities, Leading the Way.” A budget should be true to our values of lifting up our families and strengthening our communities. This year’s budget is no exception.


On Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, Senator Eric P. Lesser gave the following remarks at Western New England University School of Law.

Thank you to Western New England Law School for welcoming me today. A special thank you to my friends Dean Eric Gouvin, Professor Art Wolf, and Professor Sudha Setty. I appreciate the kind invitation.

It’s an honor to be here, and to be at this law school in particular, given its long and proud history as an incubator for public servants and social justice.

That mission is especially important now, at a vexing and challenging time in our nation’s…


As a State Senator for MA, I serve my constituents — and help set the stage for national progressive policies.

The Democratic Party is in the midst of a crisis. In 2016, Democrats lost the presidency, were unable to seriously compete for the House, and failed to take back the Senate. At the state level, Democrats are the weakest they’ve been in nearly 100 years, with just 16 Democratic governors and 12 state legislatures with Democratic majorities. Meanwhile, Republicans have trifectas in an astonishing 26 states.

But we shouldn’t despair yet. We can rebuild the Democratic Party nationally if we focus, first, on rebuilding our party’s power at the state level.

As the “laboratories of democracy,” the states are where…


In a recent episode of the HBO series “Silicon Valley,” Richard Hendricks is getting his tech startup off the ground when he comes face to face with a patent troll: an unscrupulous lawyer who claims Richard’s new company is committing copyright infringement.

The lawyer knows his claim is bogus, but also knows Richard would have to pay him in a legal settlement to avoid battling it out in court.

This is not just the stuff of TV fiction. This is real life, and it’s costing billions of dollars in frivolous lawsuits and lost business opportunities.

With an average lawsuit costing…

Eric Lesser

Massachusetts State Senator, First Hampden & Hampshire District, @AlisonSilberEsq's husband, Rose, Nora & David’s father #mapoli

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