Senator Brian A. Joyce represents the Norfolk, Bristol and Plymouth district, which includes Avon, Braintree, Canton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Milton, Randolph, Sharon, Stoughton, and West Bridgewater.
Senator Joyce is the Senate Chair of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, as well as the Senate Vice Chair of the Health Care Financing Committee and Vice Chair of the Financial Services Committee. He is a member of the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and sits on the Economic Development & Emerging Technologies, Elder Affairs and Transportation Committees. He was also appointed to the Probation Reform Working Group.
Prior to joining the Senate, Senator Joyce served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the 7th Norfolk District State Representative for Milton and Randolph. He was elected president of his legislative class representing thirty-two new legislators.
Senator Joyce has a well-deserved reputation for working hard on behalf of the communities he represents and the people he serves. While focusing much of his current efforts on economic expansion initiatives, Senator Joyce’s priorities include housing, job creation, public safety, education, fiscal discipline and issues impacting senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
A 1984 graduate of the Boston College School of Management and a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Suffolk University Law School where he was an editor of Law Review, Senator Joyce is a practicing attorney who has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
The senator is also involved in a number of charitable and civic associations. He serves as the Vice President of the Milton Town Club, is on the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, on the HESSCO Elder Services Advisory Council, and is a member of the Stoughton, Easton and Randolph Chambers of Commerce, the Neponset River Watershed Association, and the League of Women Voters. He is a corporator of Milton Hospital, Vice President of the Board of Directors of Fuller Village (non-profit senior housing), and legislative sponsor of the newly founded House of Possibilities, an organization formed for the exclusive assistance to mentally challenged persons and their families. The senator also coaches youth hockey and baseball.
Senator Joyce is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Eva B. Hester award given to him by the Secretary of Elder Affairs for his leadership on senior issues, the No Care Like Home Care Award from Massachusetts Home Care for his outstanding contributions to seniors, the 2001 Barbara Henry Democrat of the Year Award, and a 1999 Legislative Award from the Massachusetts Coalition of Police for enhancing the livelihood of all Law Enforcement officers in the Commonwealth. Senator Joyce was also named the 2001 Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Police Association, and was selected by the College Board as a national 2001 Legislative Education Leader for his efforts to promote educational access, equity and excellence for all Massachusetts students. Senator Joyce was one of only 38 Americans selected for a prestigious 2002 Marshall Memorial Fellowship, and in 2003 was selected for an eight member delegation to travel to China by the American Council of Young Political Leaders. In 2005 he was named Massachusetts Town Clerks’ Association Legislator of the Year, was the recipient of the Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce Government Partnership Award due to his extraordinary work in the area of regional economic development. Senator Joyce was honored by the Bristol Norfolk Home Builders Association, Inc. in 2006 for his outstanding service and contribution, and he was recognized by the Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives for his distinguished service as a member of the Joint Committee of Community Development and Small Business. He was also recognized as the 2006 National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials’ Legislator of the Year. In 2007 the senator was named Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council, the Arc of Massachusetts, and the Association for Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP) for his work on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Mass Audubon’s “A” Award was presented to Senator Joyce in 2009 for his efforts in furthering the cause of conservation and environmental protection. This is the 9th straight “A” grade the Senator has been awarded from Mass Audubon. In 2010 he received the Common Cause Massachusetts Legislative Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership on behalf of the 2009 Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform Law. In 2012 he was named a "Great Eight" legislator by the Massachusetts Restaurant and Business Alliance, "Legislator of the Year" by the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and was awarded the "Beacon of Justice" by the Equal Justice Coalition.
Senator Joyce and his wife Mary have five children.