Russell E. Holmes Representative

D Boston
Russell E. Holmes


State House
Room 254
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2220
Fax: 617-626-0205
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD42 For legislation relative to Medicare savings programs eligibility.
SD367 For legislation relative to Congo conflict minerals.
SD420 For legislation relative to modernizing the business licensing process
HD422 Relative to the collection of mobility study data conducted in connection with construction projects funded by MassDOT
SD426 For legislation to protect vulnerable road users by requiring certain vehicles to be equipped with side under-ride guards and blind spot mirrors
SD431 For legislation relative to local disability commission expansion
HD439 For legislation relative to noncriminal disposition of parking violations
SD580 For legislation to improve literacy skills
HD664 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) on institutional long term care
HD667 Relative to Medicare savings programs eligibility
HD674 (with the approval of the mayor and city council) relative to decennial division of wards and precincts in the city of Boston
SD679 For legislation to update veterans’ burial expenses
SD714 For legislation to create a maximum allowable check-cashing rate
HD735 For legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles
SD736 For legislation to improve the collection and analsis of data realitve to traffic stops.
HD831 For legislation to authorize municipalities to protect low and moderate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing
HD866 Relative to installation of electrical sub-meters
HD882 Relative to real estate tax assessment administration
SD1100 For legislation to regulate central service technicians.
SD1220 For legislation relative to special education evaluation and referral
SD1239 For legislation to promote a coordinated public school focus on students with disabilities.
SD1261 For legislation relative to asset forfeiture.
HD1406 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. [BILL NUMBER]) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others for legislation to establish reasonable and proper speed limits inside an urban district on public ways. Transportation.
HD1419 For legislation to expand substance abuse treatment options for non-violent drug offenders
HD1485 Relative to survivor benefits of emergency medical technicians
HD1593 For legislation to require transparency in solicitations via telephone and similar devices
HD1716 Relative to assault and battery upon public employees
SD1733 For legislation relative to the fair participation of minority and women-owned businesses on public construction projects.
HD1765 Relative to penalties for the crime of female genital mutilation
HD1769 Relative to HIV-associated lipodystrophy treatment
SD1779 For legislation relative to universal pre-kindergarten access.
SD1874 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity
SD1885 For legislation relative to traffic and pedestrian stop data.
HD1901 Improving the accuracy of eyewitness identification procedures
HD1921 Relative to eliminating mandatory minimum sentences related to drug offenses
HD1952 Relative to the turnaround process for under performing schools
HD1969 For legislation to improve the collection and analysis of data relative to traffic stops
HD2182 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) to study the feasibility of creating and funding a universal children’s college savings account
HD2382 An Act Strengthening the Massachusetts Home Care Program
HD2545 For legislation to establish a home heating commission
HD2738 Relative to considering local needs in the training of fire fighters
HD2927 For legislation to require property owners to pay the costs of relocation assistance for tenants ordered to vacate due to violations of the sanitary code
HD2943 For legislation to further regulate expenditures for mortgages from the Community Preservation Trust Fund
HD2994 For legislation to modernize the business licensing process
HD3005 Relative to fair housing pre-licensing training for real estate agents
HD3010 Relative to providing for matching grants for funding gigabit-speed networks and for the evaluation of consumer focused municipal broadband service offerings
HD3015 Relative to the process for the investigation of officer-involved deaths
HD3024 Relative to uniform use of deadly force guidelines
HD3071 An Act relative to the reconnection of families of incarcerated persons
HD3148 Relative to discrimination protections for survivors of domestic violence in fair housing opportunities
HD3156 For legislation to reform pretrial processes
HD3286 (with the approval of the mayor and city council) that the city of Boston be authorized to use retired Boston police officers for certain details in said city
HD3309 For legislation to require certain notices prior to plant closings or layoffs
HD3312 Relative to industrial development finance authorities
HD3373 For legislation to limit fees charged by cashers of checks, drafts or money orders
HD3425 For legislation to increase neighborhood safety and opportunity by enhancing the enforcement and penalties for violations of the controlled substances laws
HD3452 Relative to exempting certain public school buses from toll collection
HD3463 For the establishment of a Massachusetts 2024 commission on the summer Olympic games

Elected in November 2010, Russell Holmes represents Massachusetts’ Sixth Suffolk District, which includes a portion of the communities of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roslindale, and Jamaica Plain.

At an early age, Russell learned the importance of community involvement from one of his first mentors in life, Lenzer Evans. Mr. Evans owned Brigham’s Ice Cream in Mattapan Square, which provided the first employment opportunity for many young people in the community, including Russell. Mr. Evans taught all his young employees that work was not just a means for getting ahead, but that they must also leave the community better than the way they found it. From the small corner bench in his shop, Mr. Evans met with state and city leaders to discuss policy and public affairs. Mr. Evans encouraged Russell to participate as well.

Russell remembered the lessons of his youth about the importance of community and purchased his first home in Mattapan. Soon after, he began to get involved in public service and civic activism when he decided that the streets in his community could use some upkeep. Enlisting the help of his neighbors, Russell grew his street cleaning initiative into a community-wide operation that culminated in a partnership with Mayor Menino. As a community leader, Russell has worked passionately on issues related to local economic development, education, and public transportation. He chaired the Mattapan Library Task Force, which brought Boston’s first new public library since 2001.

In 2007, Russell chaired the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative (MEDI) and was an instrumental force in developing a new set of building codes to attract businesses to the community. More recently, the team won a federal Main Streets designation for Mattapan Square. This accomplishment will allow the community to tap into city funds to repair storefronts and improve buildings. In addition, the community will develop a holistic marketing strategy for the surrounding business district. Russell loves volunteering. In addition to teaching Sunday school at the church of Christ in Roxbury, Russell has mentored 18 to 22 year-olds, serving as a male role model and coach on the transition from adolescence to adulthood. He has tutored elementary, high school, and college students on academic and life skills and has served as a Big Brother in Big Brother Big Sisters. Russell graduated from Boston University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1992, and he received his MBA from Northeastern in 2000. He currently works as a Certified Financial Planner with Ameriprise. When he is away from the State House, you can usually find Russell working on local initiatives, teaching Sunday school with his wife Sheree, and knocking on doors to listen to the concerns of his constituents.

Personal Information

Profession: Certified Financial Planner, Legislator
Spouse: Sheree Holmes
Religion: Christian, Church of Christ
Interests: Golf, Tennis, Community Service

Career Highlights

  • Treasurer of the Massachusetts Black and Latino Caucus, Treasurer of the 187th General Court of the Commonwealth freshman class
  • Certificate, Emerging Leaders program at University of Virginia Darden School of Business, Certificate, 2012 Healthcare summit at John Hopkins Medicine
  • Member of the Judiciary Committee 2012-2013, Member of Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Commission
  • Member of Public Housing Sustainability and Reform Advisory Committee, Vice Chairman in his Sophomore year as a legislator

Education & Public Service

  • Hyde Park High School, Hyde Park
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
  • Masters in Business Administration, Northeastern University
  • Certified Financial Planner at Ameriprise Financial
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Economic Development Initiative
  • Former Chair of the Mattapan Library Task Force
  • Representative Holmes with Charles Yancey and Represenatives Gloria Fox and Carlos Henriquez

  • Representative Holmes with family

  • Representative Holmes with Governor Patrick and Grandfather

  • Representative Holmes with Michael Curry and Keith Motley

  • Representative’s wife and her mother and sister

  • Representative Holmes with House Clerk Steve James and his Mother

  • Representative with constituents

  • Representative Holmes on House Floor

  • Representative Holmes with Chief Justice Ireland

  • Representative Holmes taking the oath of office

Sixth Suffolk, Consisting of Boston: Ward 14: Precincts 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, Ward 17: Precincts 6, 7, 8, 9, Ward 18: Precincts 7, 8, Ward 19: Precinct 12.