THANK YOU. I so appreciate the support and confidence you have expressed with your votes to return me to the State House for the 2015-2016 Session. It is humbling and I look forward to devoting myself to the interests and concerns of this district as your State Representative. Special thanks to the many volunteers who gave their time and efforts to helping in the campaign this summer and fall.Bill Straus Files Environmental Comment Letter With Federal Government Regarding Wampanoag Casino for Taunton.
Representative Straus filed a comment letter with the Bureau of Indian Affairs challenging the adequacy of the traffic plans proposed by the tribe as a result of the increase in vehicles on Route 24 in Taunton. Bill asserts that the tribe and its investors should be required to increase the width of Route 24 to three lanes from the Route 140 Interchange north to I-495. You can read the actual letter which is attached.
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Bill participating in the 2014 Our Lady Angels Procession in [more]
April 2012. Bill participates in signing of the new Massachusetts [more]
Photo: Sippican Week and SippicanVillageSoup.com November 2013 Bill joins Mattapoisett Veterans [more]
Bill speaks with former UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean MacCormack at [more]
September 2010 - Bill meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce [more]
July 2010 - Bill helps dedicate new Council on Aging [more]
March 2010. Bill was recognized by the Greater Boston Food [more]
January 2010 Bill attends the retirement celebration for ORR superintendent [more]
June 2009. Bill congratulates retiring Marion School Committee Member Dr. [more]
Bill Straus has represented the 10th Bristol District in the Massachusetts Legislature since his election in 1992. Bill received his bachelors degree from Middlebury College, his law degree from Georgetown University and also holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Prior to his election as Representative, Bill served as an Assistant District Attorney in Bristol County for six years. He also was a member of the Mattapoisett Conservation Commission and was a founding board member of the Zeiterion Theatre in New Bedford. He also served as a member of the Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Facility Site Safety Council for several years.
Bill is the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Transportation. He has been involved extensively in transportation issues as a legislator. He was the original sponsor of legislation that added the Port of New Bedford to the Steamship Authority system now connecting New Bedford with Martha’s Vineyard. Bill has been a longtime advocate for the extension of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River, as well as extension of the Middleboro line further south into Plymouth County. As Transportation Chairman this term, Bill’s work has already lead to a 33% jump in local road and bridge money that goes directly to the towns and cities from the state and new sources of increased state funding for the regional transit authorities which provide public transportation outside of Boston.
Bill has also worked on a number of issues in the legislature including education, the environment, healthcare and privacy matters. He is the original sponsor of the state’s ‘do-not’call’ list to protect people from nuisance calls from telemarketers.