February 20 2019

State Rep. Gordon Named Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies

By: BNEWS

Burlington’s representative in the State House has garnered three new committee posts including a vice-chairmanship.

According to a release from State Rep. Ken Gordon’s office, Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and the Massachusetts House of Representatives have tabbed Gordon (D-Bedford) as its new Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.  

Gordon will also join the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government and the House Committee on Personnel and Administration.  

“I am thrilled with these new assignments, especially the Vice-Chairmanship,” said Rep. Gordon in a statement.  “I am looking forward to ways to expand our support of the life sciences, high tech, and manufacturing businesses that lead our economy in the Bedford, Burlington and Wilmington corridor, as well as the businesses that are necessary for our economy to thrive.”

Burlington town officials have recently started to focus on attracting more life science companies to town. In January the Planning Department held a forum on life sciences and how to position the town to be a leader in the field.

State House leadership lauded Gordon’s prior work and said he will be a good fit on the committees.

“Vice Chair Gordon is thoughtful and highly-skilled legislator with a background as an attorney, and we are fortunate that he will bring his experience to issues relating to the economic development of our Commonwealth,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “I’m looking forward to a productive legislative session with the House team of dedicated and hard-working members.”

Recently Gordon announced the Lowell-to-Burlington employee shuttle, a program that will bring trained but unemployed or underemployed workers from the Lowell area to fill hundreds of current job openings in the restaurant and retail industry in Burlington.  

“I’m not surprised that after Ken’s success in working with our businesses and residents, the House appointed him as Vice-Chair of Economic Development,” said Burlington Area Chamber of Commerce President Rick Parker in a statement.  “Ken quickly sized up the greatest challenge to our area’s economic development, contributed to a plan to address this challenge, and did not stop working until we found success. It’s a pattern I expect he’ll continue.”

The Economic Development Committee will be tasked to examine sports betting in Massachusetts in response to last year’s Supreme Court’s ruling essentially allowing states to regulate the industry. Gordon, who has experience as both a lawyer and as a former sports writer for the Boston Globe and Florida’s Palm Beach Post, said his background will help in this arena.

“My background will serve me well as I assist Chair Ann-Margaret Ferrante and the rest of the committee, as we look at the issues involving this new sports industry,” said Gordon.  “I have seen this industry from the point of view not only as a journalist but from the players and management. Sports is a business, like many others, and we will find the most efficient way to introduce this new business in a way that protects our residents.”

Gordon is beginning his fourth term in the legislature.  He is a former House Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Elections. He filed the House version of the Paid Family & Medical Leave program that was used  as a model that was passed into law last summer.


 

 
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