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April 18, 2013

Dempsey to receive Legislator of the Year Award from state's lawyers

The Haverhill Gazette

---- — Lawyers from across Massachusetts will thank state Rep. Brian Dempsey for his work on behalf of them and the court system.

Dempsey, chairman of the powerful House Committee on Ways and Means, will be presented with the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award at the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Annual Dinner on May 9 at the Westin Boston Waterfront.

The dinner will also include an address from Gov. Deval Patrick and the distribution of the Annual Access to Justice Awards.

“Chairman Dempsey brings more than two decades of hands-on legislative experience, many of these years as a strong advocate for the courts and access to justice for the commonwealth’s citizens,” MBA Chief Legal Counsel and Chief Operating Officer Martin Healy said. “He has distinguished himself as chairman of Ways and Means through his vigorous support of the bench and bar and has been instrumental in passage of many legislative reforms benefiting the public and the bar including the Uniform Probate Code.”

The MBA Legislator of the Year Award is presented annually to a state or federal legislator who has become distinguished in public service through outstanding contributions to the legal profession, courts and the administration of justice.

Dempsey, 45, represents the 3rd Essex District. Prior to being elected state representative, he was a member of the City Council from 1988 to 1991, serving as council president in 1990 and 1991. In 1991, he was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, where he is serving his 12th term.

During his time in the legislature, he has served as chairman of the Committee on Public Service, chairman of the Committee on Science and Technology, and House chairman of the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies. He also served as chairman of the Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy where he coauthored the Green Communities Act. In January 2011, he was appointed the chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Dempsey has been recognized for his dedicated public service and leadership by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation. In addition, in 2000 he received the prestigious AMVETS Pilgrim Award for his work in the legislature.

Dempsey remains active in his home community of Haverhill, where he was born and raised and lives with his wife and their three children. He has served on the board of the Glynn Memorial Nursing Home, the Haverhill Boys & Girls Club, the Foster Kids of the Merrimack Valley and the Haverhill YMCA. He has taken the lead on securing more than $7 million in state aid for the city, working to help offset the debt incurred by Haverhill’s sale of the old Hale Hospital.