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Don Humason Jr.

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Assistant Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate (2017 - Present)

Westfield Republican City Committee (1990 - Present)

Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Westfield State College, 1985-1989

Professional Experience

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Westfield State College, 1985-1989
  • Justice of the Peace, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2011-present
  • Former Respite Counselor, Crisis and Transitional Respite of Westfield Area Mental Health
  • Trial Court Security Officer, Westfield District Court
  • Director of Legislative Affairs, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 1998-2002
  • Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide, Representative Mike Knapik, 1991-1994

Political Experience

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Westfield State College, 1985-1989
  • Justice of the Peace, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2011-present
  • Former Respite Counselor, Crisis and Transitional Respite of Westfield Area Mental Health
  • Trial Court Security Officer, Westfield District Court
  • Director of Legislative Affairs, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 1998-2002
  • Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide, Representative Mike Knapik, 1991-1994
  • Mayor, City of Westfield, 2019-present
  • Former Minority Whip, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate, 2017-2020
  • Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, District Second Hampden and Hampshire, 2013-2020
  • Candidate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, District Second Hampden & Hampshire, 2018
  • Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, District Fourth Hampden, 2003-2013

Former Committees/Caucuses

Chair, Aviation Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Member, Boating Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Former Ranking Minority Member, Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Ranking Minority Member, Ethics Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Member, Gateway City Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Former Member, Improve Government Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

Former Member, Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives

Former Member, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives

Former Member, Joint Committee on Public Health, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Public Service, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Member, Joint Committee on Ways and Means, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Former Member, Joint Rules Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

Former Member, Joint Transportation Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

Member, Library Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Member, Parks Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Former Member, Post Audit and Oversight Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Member, Public Higher Education Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Member, Regional Transit Authority Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Former Member, Rules Committee, Massachusetts State Senate

Member, Small Business Caucus, Massachusetts General Court, present

Former Member, Ways and Means Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate

Member, Westfield Community Development Corporation

Member, Westfield River Watershed Association

Member, Winding River Land Conservancy

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • BS, Criminal Justice, Westfield State College, 1985-1989
  • Justice of the Peace, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2011-present
  • Former Respite Counselor, Crisis and Transitional Respite of Westfield Area Mental Health
  • Trial Court Security Officer, Westfield District Court
  • Director of Legislative Affairs, Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 1998-2002
  • Chief of Staff/Legislative Aide, Representative Mike Knapik, 1991-1994
  • Mayor, City of Westfield, 2019-present
  • Former Minority Whip, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate
  • Assistant Minority Leader, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Senate, 2017-2020
  • Senator, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, District Second Hampden and Hampshire, 2013-2020
  • Candidate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts State Senate, District Second Hampden & Hampshire, 2018
  • Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives, District Fourth Hampden, 2003-2013
  • Member, Westfield Republican City Committee, 1990-present
  • Corporator, Abilities Unlimited
  • Corporator, Amelia Park Children's Museum
  • Corporator, Noble Hospital
  • Singer and Stage Manager, The Dan Kane Singers
  • Corporator, Westfield Athenaeum
  • Chair, Westfield Republican City Committee
  • Member, Westfield Sportsman's Club
  • Corporator/Alumnus, Westfield State College
  • Member, Westfield Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA)
State Bills
Policy Positions

Massachusetts State Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test

Education

1. Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Massachusetts high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?
- No

2. Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?
- Yes

3. Do you support state funding for charter schools?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support a merit pay system for teachers?
- Yes

6. Is the tenure process for public school teachers producing effective teachers?
- No Answer

7. Should parents be allowed to use vouchers to send their children to any school?
- Yes

8. Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?
- Yes

Legislative Priorities

In the following area, on an attached page, or via e-mail, please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.
- I support common sense government that respects its citizens and lives within its means just as our constituents must. Our state government must do all it can to get out of the way of the job creators and entrepeneurs in the private sector. I believe the best social program is a job. I believe limited state resources must go to those who abide by the law, play by the rules, and are living in this state and country as legal residents, not illegal immigrants. Government should help our children, elders, veterans and folks with special needs first.

Gun

1. Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns?
- No

2. Should background checks be required on gun sales between private citizens at gun shows?
- No

3. Should citizens be allowed to carry concealed guns?
- Yes

4. Should a license be required for gun possession?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Health

1. Do you support a universally-accessible, publicly-administered health insurance option?
- No

2. Do you support requiring individuals to purchase health care insurance?
- No

3. Do you support allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana to their patients for medicinal purposes?
- Yes

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Do you support expanding access to health care through commercial health insurance reform?
- Yes

6. Do you support interstate health insurance compacts?
- Yes

7. Do you support monetary limits on damages that can be collected in malpractice lawsuits?
- Yes

8. Do you support the legalization of physician-assisted suicide for those with a terminal diagnosis and less than six months to live?
- No

Social

1. Should Massachusetts continue to grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples?
- Yes

2. Do you support the inclusion of sexual orientation in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
- Yes

3. Do you support the inclusion of gender identity in Massachusetts's anti-discrimination laws?
- No

4. Should marriage only be between one man and one woman?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Environment & Energy

1. Do you support state funding for open space preservation?
- Yes

2. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

3. Do you support state funding for the development of alternative energy?
- No

4. Do you support enacting environmental regulations aimed at reducing the effects of climate change?
- No

5. Do you support state funding for the development of traditional domestic energy sources (e.g. coal, natural gas, oil)?
- No

6. Do you support state funding for improvements to Massachusetts's energy infrastructure?
- Yes

Abortion & Reproductive

1. Should abortions be illegal after the first trimester of pregnancy?
- Yes

2. Do you support requiring parental notification before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- Yes

3. Do you support requiring parental consent before an abortion is performed on a minor?
- Yes

4. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for abortion procedures?
- Yes

5. Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-life

6. Should abortion be legal when the pregnancy resulted from incest or rape?
- Yes

7. Should abortion be legal when the life of the woman is endangered?
- Yes

8. Do you support the prohibition of public funds for organizations that perform abortions?
- Yes

9. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Budget, Spending, & Tax

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.

1. Reducing state employee salaries AND/OR pensions
- No

2. Instituting mandatory furloughs AND/OR layoffs for state employees
- No

3. Reducing benefits for Medicaid recipients
- No

4. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

5. Increasing tuition rates at public universities
- No

6. Reducing or eliminating public worker collective bargaining
- Yes

State Spending:

Using the key, indicate what state funding levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Education (higher)
- Slightly Increase

2. Education (K-12)
- Slightly Increase

3. Environment
- Slightly Increase

4. Health care
- Maintain Status

5. Law enforcement/corrections
- Slightly Increase

6. Transportation/infrastructure
- Slightly Increase

7. Welfare
- Slightly Decrease

8. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

State Taxes:

Using the key,indicate what state tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one level per category; you may use a number more than once.

1. Other or expanded categories
- No Answer

2. Alcohol taxes
- Maintain Status

3. Cigarette taxes
- Maintain Status

4. Corporate taxes
- Maintain Status

5. Gas/Oil taxes
- Maintain Status

6. Property taxes
- Maintain Status

7. Sales taxes
- Greatly Decrease

8. Income taxes (low-income families)
- Slightly Decrease

9. Income taxes (mid-income families)
- Slightly Decrease

10. Income taxes (high-income families)
- Slightly Decrease

Budget Stabilization:

Indicate which proposals you support (if any) for balancing Massachusetts's budget.

1. Tapping into Massachusetts's "rainy day" fund
- Yes

Campaign Finance & Government Reform

1. Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits?
- Yes

Do you support limits on the following types of contributions for state candidates?

1. Individual
- No

2. Political Action Committee
- Yes

3. Corporate
- Yes

4. Political Party
- No

5. Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?
- Yes

6. Do you support the use of an independent AND/OR bipartisan commission for redistricting?
- Yes

7. Do you support requiring a government-issued photo identification in order to vote at the polls?
- Yes

8. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

Crime & Public Safety

1. Do you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
- Yes

2. Do you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders, such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
- Yes

3. Should a minor accused of a violent crime be prosecuted as an adult?
- Yes

4. Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?
- Yes

5. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

6. Do you support decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana?
- Yes

7. Should a minor who sends sexually-explicit or nude photos by cell phone face criminal charges?
- No Answer

8. Do you support allowing for more judicial discretion in Massachusetts's "three strikes" law?
- No

Economic

1. Do you support allowing bars and restaurants to offer daily or hourly discounts on alcoholic beverages?
- Yes

2. Do you support extending the state's 5-cent deposit law to plastic water bottles and other non-carbonated beverages?
- No

3. Do you support increased spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

4. Do you support reducing government regulations on the private sector?
- Yes

5. Do you support expanding access to unemployment benefits?
- No Answer

6. Other or expanded principles
- No Answer

7. Do you support increased state funding for job-training programs that re-train displaced workers?
- Yes

8. Do you support providing financial incentives to the private sector for the purpose of job creation?
- Yes

9. Do you support providing direct financial assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure?
- No Answer