A former state legislator and political operative with more than 30 years of relevant experience, J. James Marzilli, Jr. commands a strong track record in his field. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, J. James Marzilli, Jr. grew up in the greater Boston area, where he cultivated an early interest in regional and state politics. Following high school, J. James Marzilli, Jr. moved to Amherst to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. From September 1976 through May 1980, J. James Marzilli, Jr. studied a range of topics at UMass Amherst, ultimately declaring his major in Political Science. During his years as a student at UMass Amherst, J. James Marzilli, Jr. began to lay the foundations for his future career as a legislative aide in the Office of the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. For seven years, J. James Marzilli, Jr. gained first-hand political experience in his role as legislative aide, performing in various capacities over the course of his tenure.At the end of this period, J. James Marzilli, Jr. won election to the Democratic State Committee of Massachusetts and spent the next eight years with this organization. From 1984 through 1985, J. James Marzilli, Jr. broadened his expertise as a political consultant, serving the needs of campaigns and NGOs alike. By 1986, J. James Marzilli, Jr. had become Executive Director of the Cambridge Civic Association, where he held numerous, campaign-based responsibilities for a local municipal political party. Since then, J. James Marzilli, Jr. has been Commissioner of the Arlington Housing Authority, and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1990, J. James Marzilli, Jr. held this seat until 2007, when he succeeded Robert Havern III as the Massachusetts State Senator from the 4th Middlesex District. At present, J. James Marzilli, Jr. lives and works in Arlington.
Jan 1991 - Nov 2008
State Senator and State Representative
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
I was an elected member of the Massachusetts State Senate and the Massachusetts House of Representatives. I was accountable for a $28 billion annual budget, all legislation and constituent services.Achievements• Twice wrote and led successful efforts to increase the minimum wage • Three times led successful efforts to raise wages for human service workers • Increased the earned income tax credit for low wage workers • Led the effort to restore the capital gains tax • Banned the sale of mercury thermometers • Author of the Energy, Climate and Economic Security Act (2007) • Founder of the Working Family Agenda, an “inside-outside” coalition of legislators and NGOs advocating for the needs of working families.