Representative Paul J. Donato (D-Medford) has been in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for ten terms. Prior to entering the Legislature in 2001, he served on the Medford School Committee, the Medford City Council (serving as Mayor and Council President)
Representative Donato represents the 35th Middlesex District which consists of Wards 1 and 2, Ward 3, Precinct 1, Ward 7, Precinct 2 and Ward 8, Precinct 1 in the City of Medford and Ward 1, Ward 3, Precinct 2 and Ward 7, Precinct 1 in the City of Malden.
Representative Donato presently serves as Second Assistant Majority Leader and is a member of the House Ethics Committee and the House Rules Committee. Prior to these appointments, he served as Third Division Leader, Chairman of the Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, as Chairman of the House Committee on Steering, Policy and Scheduling and as Vice-Chairman of the House Committee on Personnel and Administration. His previous committee assignments include the Transportation, Energy and Local Affairs Committees. Representative Donato is also President of his freshman class of 2001-2002.
In addition, Representative Donato has been appointed to the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, is a member of the Massachusetts Network of Foster Care Alumni Board and an ex-officio member of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee. He has served as the House Co-Chairman of the Special Commission on Municipal Relief, the House Appointee on the Governor's Municipal Task Force for Federal Economic Stimulus Funds, Regionalization Advisory Commission (Chair of the Municipal Finance Regionalization Subcommittee), the Special Committee on Child Care and Neglect and the Special Committee on Foster Care.
Representative Donato is active throughout the community and is a member of many organizations including the Medford Knights of Columbus, Sons of Italy, Medford Kiwanis (Lt. Governor), Medford Elks, Malden Irish American Club, Medford Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Malden Chamber of Commerce, Friends of Chevalier and Gene Mack Gym (Board of Directors), Medford Democratic City Committee (Chairman), Triangle, Inc. (Board of Directors), and Hallmark Health System (Corporator).