Massachusetts State Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy) last week was awarded the National Association of Government Employees’ 2018 “Legislator of the Year” award, presented at the NAGE National Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. Since being elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2010, Representative Chan has worked closely with NAGE to protect public sector employees and ensure strong labor laws in the Commonwealth.
“It has been an incredible honor to receive this recognition, and I am very proud to stand with and work with NAGE on critical issues that affect working men and women every day. Public employees are what make our government function and I hold great respect for their dedication and commitment to serving the public,” said Representative Tackey Chan.
“In my over 40 years of dealing with the State Legislature, Representative Chan’s commitment to fairness and dignity in the workplace is unmatched. NAGE is proud to work side-by-side with Representative Chan to build a better future for working people. We could choose no better recipient for the 2018 Legislator of the Year Award than Representative Tackey Chan,” said NAGE National President David J. Holway.
Representative Chan has been in public service since graduating from Brandeis University in 1995, starting as an intern in former Representative Michael Bellotti’s office before becoming a staff member to former Senator Michael Morrissey for nearly 12 years. He rose from Legislative Aide to General Counsel in Senator Morrissey’s office, then spent three years working as an Assistant Attorney General under Attorney General Martha Coakley. In 2010, he was elected to represent the 2nd Norfolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives and is currently serving his fourth term in office. In the 2017-2018 session, he was appointed Chair of the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure which oversees a number of regulatory divisions that impact labor.
NAGE represents more than 110,000 employees across the United States, including more than 22,000 Massachusetts workers in over 60 state agencies. NAGE is headquartered in Quincy, Mass., and is an affiliate of SEIU, the largest union in North America with over 2 million members.