MASSACHUSETTS STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Born in New York City, Byron Rushing has been a fixture of Boston since 1964. He was active in the civil rights movement during the 1960s, and served as President of the Museum of Afro-American History from 1972 to 1985.
Elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1982, Rep. Rushing’s priorities included human and civil rights, the development of democracy, economic and housing development, and housing and healthcare for all.
He was an original sponsor of the gay rights bill, and the chief sponsor of the law to end discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in public schools. As one of the leaders in the constitutional convention to maintain same sex marriage in Massachusetts, he successfully co-sponsored the transgender civil rights bills.
Rep. Rushing established the Boston African American National Historical Site as a component of the National Park Service, along with Roxbury Heritage State Park. He is a Trustee of the Boston Public Library, a leader of the Commonwealth’s anti-apartheid efforts and is a sponsor of the Commonwealth’s twinning relationship with the Province of the Eastern Cape in South Africa.
Rep. Byron Rushing was the chief sponsor of the Massachusetts Burma law and also sponsored the law for the over-the-counter sale of sterile needles, and the law creating statewide guidelines for hospitals dealing with violence victims.
An active Episcopalian, Byron is Vice-President of the House of Deputies of its General Convention—-the highest elected position held by a layperson in The Episcopal Church.
As a dedicated resident of Boston, Rep. Rushing continues working for and with community-based organizations- for greater political participation and against neighborhood debilitation. He serves in his office with an understanding of the history of poor and working class people and with a belief in democratic citizen control.