Legislator of the Year Award to be presented to Rep. Dempsey at May 9 Annual Dinner

Thursday, Mar. 21, 2013
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State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), house chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means

One of the highlights of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Dinner will be the presentation of the Legislator of the Year Award to State Rep. Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill), house chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means.

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

"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 W. 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."

Dempsey, 45, represents the Third Essex District. Prior to being elected state representative he was a member of the Haverhill City Council from 1988 to 1991, serving as council president from 1990-91.  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 & Means.

In addition to the MBA's Legislator of the Year honor, Dempsey has been recognized for his dedicated public service and leadership by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, the Massachusetts Medical Society, the Boys and Girls Club of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Extended Care Federation.  In addition, he was awarded in 2000 with the prestigious AMVETS "Pilgrim Award" for his work in the Legislature.

Dempsey remains active in his hometown community of Haverhill, where he lives with his wife and their three children. He has served on many local boards including the Glynn Memorial Nursing home, the Haverhill Boys and 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 tirelessly to help offset the debt incurred by the sale of Hale Hospital.

Born and raised in Haverhill, Dempsey received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 1999. He is the owner and president of the Brian S. Dempsey Insurance Agency.

MBA Treasurer Marsha V. Kazarosian will present Dempsey with the MBA's Legislator of the Year Award as part of the May 9 Annual Dinner program. The dinner will also feature a keynote address from Gov. Deval L. Patrick and the presentation of the 2013 Access to Justice Awards.