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An accomplished politician with over three decades of experience in state and local government, including serving 18 years in the Massachusetts state legislature, Jim Marzilli first won election to the House of Representatives in 1990. In 2007 he won a place as a Massachusetts State Senator by special election and remained in the position through 2008. During his tenure as a State Senator, Marzilli served as the Chairman of the Committee on Tourism, Arts, and Cultural Development and as a member of the Joint Committees on Children, Families, and Persons with Disabilities and Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Before assuming the responsibilities of a Massachusetts State Senator, Jim Marzilli served as a State Representative for 17 years. Marzilli served on a number of committees during his time as a State Representative, including the Committees on Health Care Finance, Energy, and Taxation. As a member of the State Legislature, Marzilli helped increase earned income tax credits for workers earning low wages and successfully led the charge to increase the minimum wage on two occasions. In addition to banning the sale of mercury thermometers and restoring the capital gains tax, Jim Marzilli also won wage increases three times for human service workers and drafted the Energy, Climate, and Economic Security Act of 2007.

Jim Marzilli resigned from the Senate at the end of his term in 2008 and went to Iraq, where he worked with the Finance Committee of the Iraqi Parliament. He also trained candidates for the first round of provincial elections.

Outside of his work in the state legislature, Jim Marzilli held a role as a Lecturer in Health Care Policy and Politics at the Boston University School of Public Health in 2006. In his course, Marzilli helped students understand health care policy and politics by using eight important models to explain the new Massachusetts health care finance law. Between 2000 and 2007, Marzilli gained considerable educational experience as a Guest Lecturer at the Boston University School of Law, where he spoke on parliamentary procedure and legislative drafting.

Jim Marzilli’s commitment to creating positive change in his community extends to the early days of his career. In 1988, he secured a job as the Executive Director of the Massachusetts chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. During this time, Marzilli also served as the Commissioner of a 5-member board of the Arlington Housing Authority, an organization that assumed responsibility for more than 1,000 units of affordable housing. Marzilli received some of his first political experience between 1977 and 1985, when he served as a Legislative Aide in the Office of the Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and a Political Consultant to several political campaigns and nongovernmental organizations.

Jim Marzilli holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Additionally, Marzilli completed coursework in international environmental negotiations and international environmental problems at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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