Hundreds packed into Billy Tse’s Restaurant to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz’s winning the election to represent the Third Suffolk District. “It is hard to believe it has already been ten years, but I am honored every day to stand up for my constituents in the district,” said Michlewitz. It was a May 2009 in a Special Election when Michlewitz won the 3rd Suffolk District seat vacated by former Speaker Sal DiMasi. The district includes the Boston neighborhoods of the North End, Waterfront, Downtown, Chinatown and the South End.
The progressive Democrat continues to be popular in the district having faced no significant opposition since that first election a decade ago. He has steadily moved up the State House ranks, sponsoring some of the Commonwealth’s most influential legislation, such as regulating the technology industry giants in ride sharing (Uber / Lyft) and more recently the first statewide regulation and taxation of short term rentals (Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO) in the country.
In his newly appointed role as Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Michlewitz recently presented the committee’s Fiscal Year 2020 House budget proposal with House Speaker Robert DeLeo. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for writing the $43 billion state budget and puts a mark on nearly every piece of legislation in the House. The chair seat is often seen as a stepping stone toward House Speaker.
Much has changed for Michlewitz in the past ten years. On the personal level, he has recently turned 40 years old and left behind his “most stylish” bachelor status to marry fellow North Ender, Maria Puopolo Michlewitz. But much has also stayed the same as he continues to reside in the same North End neighborhood where he grew up.