Aaron Michlewitz was born and raised in the North End of Boston. He has lived and worked in the neighborhoods he represents his whole life.
A graduate of Northeastern University, Aaron has dedicated himself to helping others. He has become a popular mentor to many of his neighborhood's youth for whom he has been a fixture throughout organized sports programs. He coached youth baseball for nearly a decade with his lifelong friends who he used to play alongside with when he was a participant of these programs.
In early 2015 Michlewitz was named Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, which is responsible for all matters concerning banks, banking institutions, credit unions, insurance companies, insurance, including motor vehicle insurance, small loans, and other related issues. Michlewitz has also served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service, Laws, and Chair of the Boston Legislative Delegation.
First elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in July of 2009, Michlewitz has been able to accomplish much for his district. One example is the growing trash problem in every one of the numerous neighborhoods he represents has to deal with on a daily basis. To combat this issue, Aaron was able to help pass the Green Ticket bill that gives cities and towns the ability to go after trash violators more aggressively.
Another pressing issue is transliterated ballots for the Chinatown community of Boston. For years residents who have difficulty reading and understanding English have been unable to read and fully comprehend their ballots on Election Day. Many members of the Chinatown community felt left out and isolated from the electoral process due to the lack of transliterated ballots. Over the past few years Representative Michlewitz was able to work with his colleagues to make transliterated ballots permanent to all those who are in need of it in the City of Boston.
Over his more than five years in the Legislature, Michlewitz has been able to work on a number of key pieces of legislation ranging from gun control, to healthcare payment reform, transportation infrastructure and financing, criminal justice reform, and transgender rights just to name a few. Michlewitz was also able to pass legislation reforming the governance of the Rose Kennedy Greenway by adding greater transparency measures and giving the surrounding neighborhoods a greater voice in the governance of the Greenway.
As our economy continues to grow, Michlewitz and his colleagues have focused on ensuring that funding job training and placement programs have been a continued commitment from the state. Despite contentious budget debates, Michlewitz was able to lead a group of Legislators in successfully advocating for state funding for a few of the largest employment services programs in Downtown Boston, including facilities at the Pine Street Inn and St. Francis House.
An active member of the community, Aaron is part of a new generation of Bostonians who remain dedicated to preserving one of Boston's oldest and long standing cultural traditions. As a member of the St. Anthony's Society, an organization devoted to worthwhile fundraising for many causes in Boston's North End community, Aaron is also a member of The Boston Groundwater Trust and is someone who served his community as President of the North End Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC). In addition to the issues that affect the Third Suffolk District as a whole, Aaron holds a valuable and unique insight into the issues affecting his constituents at their door steps every day.
The proud grandson of Jewish immigrants, Aaron understands the importance of hard work, opportunity and equality. As a lifelong Democrat, Aaron Michlewitz also understands the need to promote Democratic values when it comes to important issues like choice, equality, the need for affordable healthcare and economic prosperity.