April 1, 2016
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. - For his work on behalf of special education and students with disabilities in Massachusetts, State Representative Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham) was recently honored by the Massachusetts Association of 766 Approved Private Schools (maaps) with its ‘Public Service Award’ at the Association’s 38th Annual Conference in Marlborough.
Bradley, who serves as Second Assistant Majority Leader in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, was presented with the award on Friday, April 1 before a group of more than 700 special education teachers, professionals and staff members.
“maaps is proud to honor Representative Bradley with our Public Service Award because he has been a longtime and devoted advocate for students with special needs and individuals with disabilities,” says maaps Executive Director James V. Major. “Representative Bradley has always been dedicated to promoting high-quality educational opportunities for all students. He cares deeply about our issues, about his constituents and all residents of the Commonwealth. Whether it’s his advocacy at the State House, visiting students and staff at our schools, serving on the Autism Commission or leading various initiatives in his district, the Representative has always brought to his work the kind of experience and compassion that continues to define his service in the legislature.”
Education has always been at the top of Bradley’s legislative priorities since being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2000. His consistent advocacy for fair and effective special education funding and policies led the non-profit association of special education schools to select him as this year’s Public Service Award recipient.
“It is an honor to be recognized for the strides we have made in special education, but it’s also a recognition of the countless individuals, families and organizations like maaps who have done so much work at the grassroots level”, says Representative Bradley. “Students with special needs are our sons and daughters, friends and neighbors and I am encouraged that we as a society are stepping up and tackling the challenge of addressing their very real needs.”
Bradley represents the 3rd Plymouth District, which includes Hingham, Hull, Cohasset and North Scituate, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In addition to serving as Second Assistant Majority Leader, a House leadership position, he also serves as a member of the Ethics Committee and the powerful House Rules Committee. He has also served as a member of the Massachusetts Autism Commission and previously served as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Election Laws, charged with reviewing legislation that affects the ability of citizens to vote and influence state government.
Representative Bradley lives in Hingham with his wife, Heather, and their three children.