The City of Springfield is the cultural and commercial center of the Pioneer Valley region. It is the third largest city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and combined with the surrounding communities, constitutes the fourth largest metropolitan area in New England. Five of the Pioneer Valley region’s twenty largest employers are located in Springfield, including the Baystate Health System, the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Eastman Chemical,  and the Smith & Wesson Company. The city’s strong partnership with the business community can account for the revitalized Central Business District, as well as more recent economic development initiatives.

Springfield is also known as the “City of Firsts.” The first gasoline powered automobile was built in Springfield by J.Frank and Charles Duryea in 1891. The Indian Motorcycle, the first gas-powered cycle, was built in Springfield in 1901 by George Hendee and is home to the Indian Motorcycle Museum. The city also lays claim to the invention of Basketball and is the home of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Major cultural institutions include the Springfield Symphony, City Stage, MassMutual Center, and the Springfield Library and Museums Association. The region’s interstate bus and Amtrak train stations are located in Springfield. The city is the hub of intercity bus service provided by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. Springfield is home to several colleges, including the Springfield Technical Community College, American International College, Springfield College, and Western New England College and School of Law. Springfield’s state of the art medical facilities include Mercy Hospital, Kindred Hospital Park View, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Baystate Medical Center, a Tufts Medical School teaching hospital.

Senator Lesser Represents Ward 2G, Ward 4F, Ward 5D, 5F, 5G, 5H, Ward 6B, 6D, 6H, and Ward 7, and Ward 8A.