The new legislative session in Massachusetts started this week. And a handful of freshman lawmakers from the state’s four western counties took the oath of office for the first time.
Solomon Goldstein-Rose of Amherst is replacing veteran state rep Ellen Story. Goldstein-Rose said he’s been preparing by attending conferences, trainings and meeting with local officials. The 22 year-old said he had another task on his plate before taking office:
“I just graduated from college in May and so (I) have been staying at my dad’s for the campaign,” Goldstein Rose said. “Now that I know I’m living in Amherst for years to come, (I) needed to find my own place.”
Goldstein Rose joins Springfield City Councilor Bud Williams as the only new state representatives from Western Massachusetts. In the Senate, Adam Hinds of Pittsfield is the lone rookie from the region.
All three Democrats were sworn into office with their colleagues on January 4th.