First 100 Days: By the Numbers

First 100 Days: By the Numbers

Today marks my 100th day in office as the state Senator representing the 52 communities in the Berkshire, Hampshire, Franklin & Hampden District. This opportunity remains a great honor, and an immense responsibility. As I reflect on that milestone, I thought I would share an update and show you what that looks like in numbers.
Team Hinds/Office Locations:
My first act was to assemble a talented and dynamic team of Senate staffers. Together they have almost three decades of state government experience. Working from Pittsfield, Williamsburg and the State House, the outreach and constituent casework my team has been able to provide is remarkable.
  • 2,270: number of constituent cases and requests for assistance we’ve opened and worked on since January 4th. This includes assisting with various state agencies or programs, policy or budget testimony we’ve placed on record, support letters for local initiatives, and more.
Agenda for Western Mass:
In February I released my “Agenda for Western Mass,” featuring policy and issues I intend to tackle. Most were priorities identified by you in conversations and forums I held in the campaign and early this session.
  • 8: number of bills I’ve sponsored
  • 83: number of bills I’ve co-sponsored
  • 102: number of emails/calls/letters I’ve received on constituent budget priorities
  • 1,376: number of emails/calls/letters I’ve received from constituents on pending bills they support or oppose
Leadership Roles:
I was named chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development and vice-chair of the Joint Committee of Economic Development & Emerging Technologies. I also serve on the Joint Committees on Higher Education; Housing; Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery; Municipalities & Regional Government and the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs.
I believe we achieve greater results when we work together. That’s why I am actively participating in the Gateway Cities Caucus, the Regional Schools Caucus, and the Regional Transit Caucus and I co-chair the Rural Caucus. These gatherings of legislators allow us to pool our ideas and political capital to advocate for collective interests.
  • 3: number of leadership positions I hold
  • 4: number of legislative caucuses I participate in
  • 7: number of legislative committees I serve on
Community Outreach:
I remain impressed by the collective knowledge, interest and innovative ideas we have in western Mass. Being accessible, responsive and engaged is the cornerstone of how I want my Senate office to operate. I strive to provide updates via social media and convene at least 10 open forums and monthly community office hours throughout the year.
Since the election I’ve held Speak Up Western Mass events in Buckland, Great Barrington, Huntington, Lanesborough, North Adams, Pittsfield, and Williamsburg. My district aides have staffed community office hours in Blandford, Conway, Great Barrington, North Adams and Rowe. These events allow us to connect with hundreds of constituents, hear your ideas, answer questions and learn from suggestions. Thank you for coming out!
Breakfasts, and Lunches and Meetings, Oh My!
A quick review of my calendar over the past 100 days reminds me of the broad range of people, organizations, issues and projects I’ve learned about.
I was able to bring dozens of my Senate colleagues from other parts of the state to the district to learn firsthand about the challenges and opportunities we face in rural communities. We also dug in on regional transportation needs in the four western counties.
  • 40: number of cities and towns I’ve visited statewide
  • 138: number of miles driven, one way, to get from Pittsfield to Beacon Hill
  • 649: items on my calendar these past 100 days
The level of community engagement right now is unprecedented. Folks who never felt the need to engage with government officials are activated, get involved and making a difference. I identify with that desire – that’s why I asked for your support to serve as your State Senator.
Please stay involved, get engaged, and let me know how we can work together on what matters most to you.
I’m blessed to wake up every day with a real chance to make a difference and do some good for our community. Thank you again for granting me this opportunity.