Getting Results For Burlington and Bedford
In his four terms in the legislature, Rep. Ken Gordon has shown a keen ability to get results for Bedford, Burlington, precinct 3 in Wilmington, and for our Commonwealth. This session, his bill to tighten transparency among private colleges and universities will help prevent another school closing like that which happened at Mt. Ida College. It will protect students and their families who attend troubled schools. Ken teamed with Sen. Cindy Friedman to secure $125,000 to help launch the Middlesex 3 Restaurant Shuttle, which began bringing otherwise unemployed workers from Lowell to Burlington on Oct. 1, 2019, filling hundreds of job openings. Ken not only secured the seed funds, but remaining actively involved in the roll-out of the program.
While working for Burlington’s economic development, Ken Gordon is best known in Bedford for convincing Mass Department of Transportation to re-locate a planned salt shed from an area near a Bedford neighborhood to its current site in Billerica, and for convincing the Administration to bring down the number of otherwise homeless families at the Bedford Plaza Hotel while ensuring every family assigned there was kept safe and respected.
Getting Results For Massachusetts
Last session, Ken is proud to have filed and co-authored the House bill calling for Paid Family and Medical Leave for the 3.1 million workers in the Commonwealth. His bill was passed into law as part of the Grand Bargain. Beginning in January, 2021, working parents will have access to income if they take time off to be with a new baby (by adoption or natural birth), or to stay beside a hospitalized child or other family member. In the session prior to that, Ken teamed with Sen. Mike Barrett to ensure that Bedford continues to receive reimbursement for the education of military students living at Hanscom AFB.
An Accomplished Lawyer
For the past 19 years as an attorney, Ken has specialized in representing the rights of employees who suffer discrimination or wrongful termination at the work place. He has been a practicing attorney for 28 years, all of which in the courtrooms of Massachusetts. Before he was a lawyer, Ken spent time as a professional sports writer, covering pro, college and high school sports for the Boston Globe, The Sporting News, the Palm Beach Post and Evening Times and other publications.