Past Massachusetts Legislator Focus on Working Families
About Jim Marzilli
With an extensive background in
governance and public finance, Jim Marzilli served in the Massachusetts
House of Representatives for 17 years and one year in the State Senate.
He resigned from the senate in 2008 to accept a role advising the Iraq
Parliament’s finance committee, training candidates for the first round
of state-level elections after the US invasion of the country. Jim
Marzilli’s accomplishments as a state legislator include authoring and
spearheading successful initiatives that twice increased the minimum
wage, raised the salaries of employees in the human services sector,
restored the capital gains tax, increased the earned income tax credit
and reduced property taxes for low income seniors. As founder of the
Working Family Agenda nongovernmental organization and government
coalition, he led a number of initiatives that helped working families.
He also oversaw earned income tax credit increases that benefited
Jim Marzilli’s accomplishments have earned him a number of plaudits, including 2007 selection as Legislator of the Year by the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers and 2004 selection for the same honor by the Massachusetts Human Services Providers Council. His advocacy work in bettering the lives of people with disabilities also earned him the Boston Center for Independent Living’s Marie Felton Award.