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Senator Eric Lesser P.

Massachusetts State Senator



Background Information

Employment History

Consultant To "Veep"

Director of Finance and Corporate Development
Payoneer Inc

White House Aide for the Administration
President Obama

Director of Strategic Planning
White House Council of Economic Advisers

J.D. Candidate
Harvard University

Director of Corporate Development
Rentricity Inc


Member of the Joint Committee On Elder Affairs

Legislature’s Joint Committee on Elder Affairs

Hampden County Clerk
Courts Laura Gentile

Eric Lesser



Harvard College

Longmeadow High School

Bachelors degree
Economics with a concentration in Finance
Wharton School of Business

bachelor's degree

Harvard College

bachelor's degree

Harvard University

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Former Pres. Obama aide Eric Lesser to run for Massachusetts State Senate | Eric Lesser

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Former Pres. Obama aide Eric Lesser to run for Massachusetts State Senate Former Pres. Obama aide Eric Lesser to run for Massachusetts State Senate | Eric Lesser

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Former Pres. Obama aide Eric Lesser to run for Massachusetts State Senate
Lesser, a Democrat from Longmeadow, has never served in an elected position. But he is no stranger to politics, and has served in various posts in the Obama administration. After graduating from Harvard College, Lesser worked as an assistant to David Axelrod, who was then Obama's senior advisor.
Lesser said he hopes to chart a path in politics that avoids partisanship in order to build a strong economy and improve job growth in the Commonwealth.
"We can create high-speed rail links to Boston and New York," Lesser said in his announcement.
Besides Lesser, five other candidates are running for the Candaras' seat.
State Representative Brian Ashe, who has known Lesser since high school when Lesser worked on his campaign, said Lesser's prerogative in office will be job creation.
"Eric is running [because] … he sees the concern [of] a lot of people who grow up here, go to school, and then look for jobs elsewhere because there aren't the opportunities in western Massachusetts that there are in other areas," he said. "He wants to be part of the solution and help make opportunities in western Massachusetts so that kids getting out of college don't have to go to other states to look for employment."
Ashe, who describes himself as focusing primarily on public safety and education, has endorsed Lesser for State Senate.
"When you look at the whole package, I think [Eric Lesser] brings the most to the table based on his experience, what he's worked on, who's he worked with, his education, and his experience since high school with politics."

Eric Lesser, former White House aide, to run for Massachusetts State Senate from Longmeadow | Eric Lesser

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Eric Lesser, former White House aide, to run for Massachusetts State Senate from Longmeadow Eric Lesser, former White House aide, to run for Massachusetts State Senate from Longmeadow | Eric Lesser

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Eric Lesser, former White House aide, to run for Massachusetts State Senate from Longmeadow
Representative Richard E. Neal, D-Mass., left, with Eric Lesser, a candidate for the Massachusetts First Hampden and Hampshire District Senate seat with his wife Alison and their daughter Rose, 7 1/2 months.
"I've always remained focused on home, I've always been close to home, always looked for ways to help home," Lesser said, in an interview with The Republican. "I was away on temporary assignment so to speak. I had quite a once in a lifetime opportunity to help our president at a very heavy time in our history. Now I'd like to apply that to home."
Lesser will face a growing field of candidates for the seat being vacated by Candaras, a Wilbraham Democrat who is running for Hampden register of probate.
They moved to Longmeadow when Lesser was 7 years old, where, as Lesser tells it, they first entered the middle class.
Lesser's first experience with political organizing came in 2002, when the recession led to cuts in state local aid which threatened teachers and programs at Longmeadow High School, where Lesser was a student. He organized a successful campaign for a Proposition 2 ½ override, allowing the town to raise property taxes to fund the school system and avoid the cuts.
"I remember thinking what would have happened if we hadn't done that? Lesser said. "Thousands of students wouldn't be getting the same kind of education we were getting. That inspired me to stay involved in my community, to use the political process to achieve noble ends."
Lesser went to Harvard, where he volunteered for Democratic Gov.
After Lesser graduated, he was hired by the Obama campaign as deputy director of advance in New Hampshire. His job was to help organize local events. He would rent a minivan and pick Obama up from the airport.
After the primary, Lesser became the baggage man for Obama's national campaign. He kept track of luggage for Obama's staff and the reporters who traveled with him, often to multiple cities a day. Lesser got to know Axelrod, who would hire him after the election as his special assistant.
Lesser had a bird's-eye view of presidential policy as the president confronted the financial collapse, withdrew troops from Iraq and passed Wall Street reform and health-care reform.
Lesser became part of a tight-knit cadre of staffers in their 20s, working for the White House. A New York Times reporter profiled them as a group who worked hard, often lived together and threw keg parties at which older staff members, like the deputy White House counsel, were known to drop in.
When Axelrod left the White House, Lesser took a job with the president's Council of Economic Advisers.
Lesser has not lived in Western Massachusetts since high school. He has remained registered to vote at his parents' address in Longmeadow since 2003, with the exception of 2013 when he voted in Cambridge while living in Harvard housing.
He returned as a registered voter in Longmeadow this month and plans to move back to the district. (According to state law, a state senator must have lived in Massachusetts for five years and be a resident of the district when elected.)
James Dibbern, a Longmeadow High School science teacher who taught Lesser and has remained in touch with him, said Lesser retains ties to the region.
Lesser said his time away can be an asset. "I'll be able to bring to the position the experiences and perspective that are new," Lesser said. "It will be a fresh pair of eyes on challenges we've had for a long time."
Lesser said the lessons he learned at the White House, particularly during the financial collapse, have implications for the Pioneer Valley. He sees the dominant question facing the region as one that faced the country: "How do we create an economy that is vibrant, based on innovation that lasts and provides meaningful employment to people in an era when manufacturing is no longer dominant?"
Lesser said his priority will be economic development. He believes Western Massachusetts has a strong base from which to work, with the presence of high-skilled manufacturing, universities and ties to resources in Boston and New York.
He also wants to focus on improving education, from pre-kindergarten up, and ensuring that local universities and colleges are providing training that fits existing jobs.
He also wants to attract new businesses to the region. "We need to pitch ourselves to companies in other parts of the state, of the country, who can come here to utilize our talent, utilize our transportation links, hire our workers and hire our homegrown talent," Lesser said.
He plans to campaign as a reformer and new face who can make government more accessible, transparent and receptive to the needs of Western Massachusetts. "If I'm elected, the days of Western Mass getting ignored by Beacon Hill are going to be behind us," Lesser said.
On social issues, Lesser supports gay marriage and abortion rights. Asked about gun control, he said he wants to focus on enforcing Massachusetts' existing laws and does not see adding new laws as a priority.
He would not make any blanket statements regarding new taxes but said he thinks government currently needs more "innovation and efficiency," not a tax increase.
He sees casino gambling as "a shot in the arm" that can create jobs in Western Massachusetts, but said long term growth has to come from improving education, investing in infrastructure, and developing industries such as manufacturing.
He called the problems with the Massachusetts Health Connector website, which have prevented people from enrolling in new insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, "unacceptable" and "another example of why we need vigorous leadership on Beacon Hill that's on top of things like this."
Lesser is married to Alison Silber.

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Eric Lesser eric.lesser@masenate.gov (617) 722-1291

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