Representative James J. O’Day of West Boylston Named House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Elder Services

BOSTON – State Representative James O’Day of West Boylston has been named House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Elder Services by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo.  This is Representative James O’Day’s third full term as the elected State Representative of the 14th Worcester District and the first time he has been appointed to a leadership position within the House of Representatives.


Representative James O’Day will utilize the experience of his long career as a human services advocate and social worker in his new role as Chairman.  Particularly, Representative James O’Day has made advocating for the elderly a cornerstone of his legislative career, sponsoring numerous budget amendments and legislation pertaining to protecting our elderly population and maintaining necessary and vital services.  Representative O’Day is a staunch supported of Elder Services of Worcseter and maintains a close relationship with board members, and also maintains a great relationship with the West Boylston Council on Aging. 


Representative James O’Day is honored to be tapped for the leadership role.  “I am incredibly humbled to have been asked by Speaker Robert DeLeo to assume the role of Chairman of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.  I look forward to embarking on this new endevour, I welcome the challenges it may bring and most importantly I am ready to stand up and advocate for the seniors of the Commonwealth"


Previously, Representative O’Day has sat on the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and the Joint Committee on Financial Services.  Most notably, Representative O’Day served as the Vice Chairman of Bills in Third Reading and subsequently as the Intermin Chairman of the Committee upon the departure of fellow Worcester Representative Vincent Pedone in January of 2012. 


Representative O’Day represents the northern portion of the City of Worcester and Town of West Boylston, and has held the position since winning a special election in the spring of 2007.