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Daniel E. Bosley is a Commonwealth of Massachusettsmarker State Representative. He is a Democrat who represents the First Berkshire district, consisting of the towns of Adams, North Adams, Clarksburg, Florida, Savoy and Williamstown, in the county of Berkshire; and the towns of Charlemont, Hawley, Heath, Monroe and Rowe, in the county of Franklin. He was re-elected in the 2006 Massachusetts House Elections.

Mr. Bosley has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court (state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), since 1987 and is currently the vice-chair of the Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets.

Education

Mr. Bosley was educated at Drury High School; graduated with his B.A. (cum laude) in 1976 from North Adams State Collegemarker and earned his M.S. in Public Affairs in 1996 from the University of Massachusetts.

Prior public office positions

Mr. Bosley has served on the Pittsfield Economic Revitalization Corporation; North Adams Community Development Corporation; Industrial Development Finance Authority; Democratic City Committee; North Adams Democratic Committee.

Career

Representative Bosley serves concurrently as a both a member of the Speaker's House Leadership Team and as the House Chairman of the influential Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.

In his first term as the House Chairman of Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Representative Bosley has proven to be a key leader in the areas of fiscal policy and economic development. He was the principal House architect of the Commonwealth's stem cell research statute, which has been cited as a national model for such legislation and was instrumental in crafting the recently enacted $347,000,000 economic stimulus legislation, designed to encourage and support the growth and development of business and improve the state's economy.

Prior to his service as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Representative Bosley served for nine years as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Government Regulations which, until January 2005, was the legislative committee responsible for oversight of all regulated industries in the Commonwealth, including public utilities, alcoholic beverages, telecommunications, professional licensure, lottery, racing and gaming. The hallmark of Representative Bosley's service as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Government Regulations was his authorship of the landmark electric restructuring act of 1997. Due largely to the diligence and foresight of Representative Bosley, the electric restructuring law has save Massachusetts's ratepayers over $3 billion since 1997, eliminated upwards of $10 billion in so-called "stranded costs", significantly increased generation capacity to keep up with record demands all while leading to the largest continuous investment in renewable energy and efficiency programs of any state in the United States.

Representative Bosley's first appointment as a committee chairman came in 1992 when he was appointed House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Commerce and Labor. In his first term as House Chairman of Commerce and Labor Representative Bosley demonstrated the acuity of a more seasoned member with his sponsorship of a comprehensive economic development bill. This groundbreaking and innovative legislation created so-called "economic opportunity areas," tripled the investment tax credit, established the tax incremental financing mechanism, and appropriated $15 million into an emerging technologies fund. The economic impact and success of this legislation can only be described as profound—in fact, as of July 2005 the Massachusetts Office of Business Development has credited the so called "Bosley Economic Development Bill of 1993" with creating over 1,000 certified economic development projects, over $7.9 billion in private investment, and the retention of over 97,000 existing jobs and the creation of over 55,000 new full time jobs.

In addition to the economic stimulus legislation, as House Chair of Commerce and Labor Representative Bosley was the architect of comprehensive legislation which updated Commonwealth's antiquated unemployment insurance system. Bosley's work on UI reform led to an immediate savings of approximately $180 million and annual cost savings estimated at $90 million.

In addition to his duties as chairman, Representative Bosley founded the Legislature's Literacy Caucus, which was instrumental in securing the first ever budget appropriation for adult basic education and literacy. Under the guidance of Representative Bosley, what was an initial $4 million appropriation as part of the Education Reform Act of 1993 has increased to over $30 million in FY '06.

Representative Bosley is also a former National Chairman of the Council of State Governments (2004) and has also served as Chairman of the Council's Eastern Regional Conference (CSG/ERC), its Export Promotion Task Force and as Chair of the Electric Deregulation Task Force. In 1996, he was instrumental in establishing the Eastern Trade Council, an 11 member jurisdiction, a regional trade institute to promote regional cooperation to increase exports from the Northeast. In addition, Representative Bosley serves as a member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Board in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

First elected as State Representative in 1986, Representative Bosley is currently serving his eleventh term. A cum laude graduate of North Adams State College, with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science Bosley received his Master of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Massachusetts, and in 2001, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Representative Bosley lives in North Adams with his wife of 24 years, Laura, and his daughter, Stephanie, a freshman at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Organizations

Mr. Bosley is a member of the following organizations:
  • Elks
  • North Adams State College Foundation
  • Polish National Alliance Lodge 1365
  • Sons of Italy Lodge 704
  • Board of Directors, Mountain One Financial Partners Inc. (2006-Present, Board Chairman since August 2007)
  • Council of State Governments
    • Member, 1991-Present
    • National Chairman, 2003-2004
    • Member of the Executive Committee
    • Member of the Finance Committee
    • Chair of the 21st Century Fund
    • Former Chair of the Export Trade Task Force for the Eastern Region
    • Former Chair of the Electric Deregulation Task Force for the Eastern Region
    • Former National Chairman of this multi-branch organization of state government leaders
  • Eastern Trade Council, Founding Member, 1996
    • The Eastern Trade Council, was created as a result of the CSG Export Trade Task Force, was created to strengthen state and regional economic competitiveness in the global marketplace by sharing trade development information, jointly promoting regional products, and collectively advocating for federal trade promotion programs and policies which will benefit the region. It has offices in New York City.
  • Office of the United States Trade Representative, Member of the Intergovernmental Policy Advisory Board, 2004-Present
  • Elliott Fellow – "Governing in a Global Age," George Washington University - 2000
  • Toll Fellow-Council of State Governments, 1996


Legislation sponsored as Massachusetts State Representative

In his tenure as Massachusetts State Representative Mr. Bosley has been active in crafting the following legislation:

  • He authored the Massachusetts Infrastructure Investment Incentive Law. This law states that new development projects requiring sidewalk and road infrastructure pay for part of that infrastructure with a portion of the income tax and sales tax revenue generated by the new development.


  • He played a major part in crafting the Economic Investment Act of 2006. This Act was created to promote competitiveness, job creation and economic stability for the state economy.


  • He was the main author of the Commonwealth's pioneering stem cell research statute.


  • Principal Legislative Author Of:
    • Chapter 293 of the Acts of 2006, An Relative to the Economic Development of the Commonwealth (Infrastructure Investment Incentive
    • Chapter 123 of the Acts of 2006, An Act Relative to Economic Investments in the Commonwealth to Promote Job Creation, Economic Stability, and Competitiveness in the Massachusetts (Economic Stimulus)
    • Chapter 27 of the Acts of 2005, An Act Enhancing Regenerative Medicine in the Commonwealth (stem cell research); Act Relative to Electric Restructuring
    • Chapter 164 of the Acts of 1997; An Act Restoring restructuring the Electric Utility Industry in the Commonwealth, Regulating the Provision of Electricity and Other Services, and Promoting Enhanced Consumer Protections Therein
    • Chapter 26 of the Acts of 1992; An Act to Restore Solvency to the Unemployment Trust Fund
    • Chapter 19 of the Acts of 1993; An Act Relative to Incentives for Economic Development


References

  1. BCRC
  • BCRC, Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, http://bcrc.mcla.edu/bosley.html


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