SENATOR MIKE RUSH proudly serves the citizens of the Massachusetts Suffolk & Norfolk District, which includes the City of Boston neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Hyde Park, Readville, Roslindale, and West Roxbury and the towns of Dedham, Norwood, and Westwood in Norfolk County.
His priorities in the legislature are creating jobs, helping small businesses succeed, ensuring a world class education, protecting our Seniors and ensuring that our state Veterans are treated with dignity and respect.
Prior to being elected to the Senate in 2010, Senator Rush served as a member of the House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010 representing the people of the 10th Suffolk District. In the House, Representative Rush served as a member of the following Joint Legislative Committees: Revenue, Veterans & Federal Affairs, Judiciary, Natural Resources & Environment, Public Service, Labor & Workforce Development and the House Committee on Ways & Means.
Representative Rush served as the Historian of the House of Representatives and was appointed by the Speaker as House Chairman of the Special Joint Committee to celebrate the 375th Anniversary of the Legislature. In the House, Representative Rush was elected by his Legislative Colleagues to serve as Chairman of the Boston Legislative Delegation. As Chairman, Rush worked as a liaison between Boston Mayor Thomas Menino and the legislative leadership at the State House.
Currently, Senator Rush is Senate Chairman for the Committee on Veteran & Federal Affair’s. He has been selected to serve as Senate Vice-Chairman on the Committee for Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture. In addition to being a member of the Senate Committee on Ways & Means, the Committee on Economic Development & Emerging Technologies,the Committee on Labor & Workforce Development and Committee on Transportation.
Senator Rush is an Iraq War Veteran and a Lieutenant in the United States Navy where for sixteen years he has served in the Reserves following active duty boot camp. Prior to serving as a commissioned officer, Rush worked on peacetime construction projects as an enlisted sailor with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 27—better known as the “Seabees”.
While serving in the Legislature, Lieutenant Rush was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn. While in Iraq, Lieutenant Rush served with the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force - Arabian Peninsula (CJSOTF-AP) as an Intelligence Officer, and was assigned to a U.S. Army Special Forces Military Transition Team working with Iraq Counter-Terrorism Services, the Headquarters Command for Iraq Special Operation Forces (ISOF). As part of the Military Transition Team, Lieutenant Rush worked to train, advise, and assist Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces. The Team worked with Iraqi Officers to target terrorist organizations.
Senator Rush holds a Juris Doctor from Southern New England School of Law and holds both a Master of Arts Degree with distinction in United States History and a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in History and Political Science from Providence College. Senator Rush is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the International Honor Society for Historians.
Senator Rush is the Chairman and founder of the Legislative Parks Caucus. The Caucus’ mission is to make Massachusetts number one in the country for having a world-class state parks system. Senator Rush has worked closely with colleagues to ensure that adequate funding has been secured to protect, clean, and maintain our state park land in pursuit of this end.
Senator Rush is the recipient of the Boston Police Emerald Society’s Man of the Year Award, the Massachusetts Marine Corps League Semper Fidelis, the Massachusetts Veterans’ Service Officers Association 2012 Veterans’ Appreciation Award for his commitment, service, and sacrifice for the United States and Massachusetts veterans.
Senator Rush is a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, and an Eagle Scout.
Senator Rush is a second generation Irish American. His paternal grandparents immigrated from Ireland and his maternal grandparents, Thomas and Agnes Hines Meagher, were natives of South Boston. Senator Rush is the son of Virginia and the late James Rush of West Roxbury
Senator Rush is a lifelong resident of Boston’s neighborhood of West Roxbury and attended Saint Theresa’s Elementary School. Prior to his election to the State Legislature, Senator Rush was a history teacher at Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury, his alma mater, and Newman Prep in Boston’s Back Bay. He and his wife Mary, along with their children Ciara and James are proud homeowners in Boston’s neighborhood of West Roxbury.