Senator Brian A. Joyce is currently serving his third term as Senator from the Suffolk and Norfolk District representing Avon, Canton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan Jamaica Plain, Milton, Randolph, and Roslindale.
First elected to the state Senate in December of 1997 in a special election, today Senator Joyce is the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Service, which is responsible for all matters pertaining to the salaries, civil service and retirement of public employees. During the last session, the Public Service Committee reported out over 900 bills – the most of any joint committee in the Legislature.
In addition, Senator Joyce is the Senate Vice-Chair of the Committee on Banks and Banking, and serves as a member of Senate Committee on Taxation, the Joint Committee on Energy and the Joint Committee on Government Regulations.
Prior to joining the State Senate, Senator Joyce served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives as the 7th Norfolk District State Representative for the towns of Milton and Randolph. During his first year in the House, Joyce was elected by his colleagues to be the President of his legislative class representing 32 new Senators and Representatives.
Senator Joyce is the former elected Chairman of the Board of Park Commissioners and of the Democratic Town Committee in his hometown of Milton. He continues to serve as an elected Town Meeting Member.
Senator Joyce has a well-deserved reputation for working hard on behalf of the communities he represents and the people he serves. He secured over $100 million in state aid for Milton to completely rebuild the town’s six schools, prompting the Boston Globe to write that the Senator had secured a "state aid bonanza" for his town. Senator Joyce also worked with his legislative colleagues to secure approximately $80 million to renovate the Ashmont, Shawmut, Savin Hill and Fields Corner Red Line Stations in Dorchester. Additional funds were secured to preserve historic Stetson Hall in Randolph, save open space in Jamaica Plain and along the Neponset River, and address local projects in Avon, Canton and Hyde Park.
While focusing much of his efforts in the areas of health care, improving education and fiscal discipline, Senator Joyce’s other priorities include preserving the environment, job creation, housing, and public safety.
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.
Senator Joyce is also involved in a number of charitable and civic associations. He serves as a Director of the Fuller Village (non-profit senior housing), the Vice President of the Milton Town Club, and a member of the Randolph Chamber of Commerce, the Neponset River Watershed Association, and the League of Women Voters. He also coaches youth hockey, basketball and baseball.
The senator is the recipient of several awards including the Eva B. Hester award, given by the Secretary of Elder Affairs to Senator Joyce for his leadership on senior issues, 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 also recently received the "2001 Legislator of the Year" Award from the Massachusetts Police Association.
Senator Joyce and his wife Mary have five children between the ages of 3 and 12-years-old.