Now serving his fifth two-year term, Representative Paul A. Brodeur was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2010. In 2013, Paul was appointed as the House Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Public Licensure, where he acted as a strong critic of both consumer exploitation as well as burdensome and unnecessary regulations. In the 2015-2016 legislative session, Paul was named House Vice Chairman of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. Currently, he serves as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.
Before serving in the House of Representatives, Paul’s career as an attorney focused on public service. First, by serving as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, and later by serving as counsel for the Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Paul worked diligently to protect our communities’ most vulnerable members. Further, Paul understands the unique struggles our cities and towns face thanks to his nine years of service on the Melrose Board of Alderman. As president of the board, Paul was able to build consensus and set a legislative agenda focused on sustainable growth and fiscal responsibility.
In the House of Representatives Paul has sponsored and advocated for the passage of several key pieces of legislation. In his first term, Paul drew on his professional expertise to call for the creation of an Elder Protective Services Commission. Paul then introduced legislation the commission recommended and is now advocating for a bill which would create a specialized elder financial exploitation prevention and investigation team, shielding seniors from onerous financial products as well as fraud and exploitation by caretakers. He also proudly co-sponsored An Act Relative to Healthy Youth, which ensures that sex education in Massachusetts is age appropriate and medically accurate. Following a series of tragic deaths, Paul introduced legislation which would keep our schools, public buildings, and businesses safe by requiring carbon monoxide detectors in all structures where people congregate. His budgetary advocacy has brought hundreds of thousands of dollars back to the communities of Malden, Melrose, and Wakefield, empowering economic development, ensuring quality education, and improving municipal services. Paul, a proud product of Melrose public schools, holds degrees from Lafayette College and Suffolk Law School. He and his wife Liz live in Melrose where they are raising their two sons, Ethan and Sam.