Former Massachusetts House Ways & Means Committee Chair Jeffrey Sánchez serves as a senior advisor at the firm where he works with the public affairs team to provide strategic consulting on healthcare, finance, and other public policy issues to a wide range of client.
Prior to joining the firm, Sánchez represented Mission Hill, Jamaica Plain and Brookline in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 16 years where he has been lauded as a leader in healthcare reform, housing and infrastructure, gun laws, violence prevention, criminal justice reform, the environment and youth empowerment. He finished his last term serving as the Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. Previously, Jeffrey served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing and the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health as well as the Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on Economic Development.
Throughout his time in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Chairman Sánchez emphasized bringing people together to work out their differences and passed laws that improve the lives of residents in the Commonwealth, especially the most vulnerable. Most recently in 2018 he was successful in nearly unanimously passing a $41.8 billion budget that was applauded by individual citizens, stakeholders, and business and fiscal watchdogs. He also drafted the largest Housing Bond Bill Authorization in the Commonwealths history, $1.8 billion. Under his leadership, Massachusetts continues to lead on gun control by implementing a ban on bump stocks and passed legislation allowing for courts to issue extreme risk protection orders while at the same time ushering in a massive law that reformed criminal justice.
Chairman Sánchez has been advocating for healthcare reform for over 20 years. In 2006, he worked to pass landmark legislation which affirmed health care as a right in Massachusetts. Since then, he has crafted laws that support and enable the Life Sciences industry to grow and thrive, establish a statewide health care cost benchmark, and worked to protect and ensure 98% of the state’s population has health insurance to this day. He authored and successfully ushered into law comprehensive legislation to close the racial health disparities gap, compounding pharmacy practice, and improve school nutrition programs.
In all of his endeavors Chairman Sánchez has sought to find equity and opportunities for those most vulnerable and those who often get overlooked in opportunities in joining a thriving economy. He proudly fought and successfully defeated efforts to repeal gay marriage, and he is a successful advocate for English language learners. After 15 years of advocacy, Chairman Sanchez’s Language Opportunities for Our Kids (LOOK) bill was signed into law, overturning a failed one-size-fits-all policy to educating English language learner (ELL) students and creating a pathway to ensure ELL students receive a quality education.
Jeffrey attended Roxbury Community College and received his Bachelor of Arts in Legal Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston before earning his Masters of Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is currently an Instructor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health.