BOSTON — Senator Eric P. Lesser was sworn in to a second term on Wednesday in the Massachusetts State Senate chamber.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve, and look forward to a productive 190th session of the Massachusetts General Court,” Senator Lesser said.
“I will continue to work on the issues more important to Western Massachusetts, from creating more high-tech manufacturing jobs to combating substance abuse, and continuing our progress on high-speed rail between Springfield and Boston,” Lesser said.
Before being sworn in, Lesser welcomed to the Statehouse Dean Berry’s AP U.S. history class from SABIS International Charter School in Springfield. The students traveled to Boston to watch Lesser’s swearing-in ceremony and observe the day’s ceremonial activities.
Lesser also welcomed three new staff members to his team and announced two staff changes.
- Samantha Kelly will serve as Legislative Director. She previously worked as Research Director for the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She has an M.S. in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition from Tufts University and B.A. in Political Science and Anthropology from Columbia University.
- Joel McAuliffe will serve as District Director and Legislative Aide. He is a graduate of Springfield Technical Community College and Chicopee Comprehensive High School, and served the last three years as the Communications and Special Projects Manager to Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos.
- Ryan Migeed will serve as Communications Director and Legislative Aide. He is a graduate of Cathedral High School and American University, and previously worked as a digital communications manager and speechwriter for the pro-Clinton super PAC Correct The Record during the 2016 presidential campaign.
- Michael Clark, who previously served as Senator Lesser’s Chief of Staff, has been promoted to Senior Advisor and Director of Strategic Engagement. Clark is a native of Western Mass who is currently serving his second term on the Longmeadow School Committee and earned his B.A. in Political Science from UMass-Amherst.
- Stephanie Swanson, who served as Senator Lesser’s Legislative Director and Legal Counsel during the previous legislative session, has been promoted to Chief of Staff and General Counsel. She is a graduate of Tufts University and Northeastern University School of Law.