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John BarrettDEMDemocrat State Representative, 1st Berkshire District
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MAResidence (state)

John Barrett III (born 1947) is an American politician serving as a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was elected to the post on November 7, 2017, filling the vacant seat previously held by Gailanne Cariddi, who had died of cancer in June 2017. He represents the furthest northwest district in the state, the 1st Berkshire district. Barrett serves on three committees in the chamber: the Joint Committee on Marijuana Policy, the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing, and the Joint Committee on Election Laws. Barrett was reelected to the House of Representatives in 2018.Barrett previously served as the mayor of North Adams for twenty-six years, from 1984 to 2009, making him at the time the longest-serving mayor in the state. As mayor, he was noted for his efforts to revive the city's economy after the closure of a leading employer, Sprague Electric, and as a supporter of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, which opened in the former Sprague facility in 1999. In his 2009 bid for a fourteenth term, he was defeated by council member Dick Alcombright. He won a term on the city council in 2011, then lost to Alcombright in another run for mayor in 2015.He attended North Adams State College, now known as Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), where he received bachelor's and master's degrees as well as an honorary doctor of public service degree and the distinguished alumni award, and in 2016 he was named to MCLA's board of trustees.

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Education4 - 4 of 2
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
BSE
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Master's Education
Past Positions1 - 5 of 5
Representative
Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
2017 - Current
Mayor
City of North Adams
1984 - 2010
President
Monument Consulting Group
2011 - Current
Adjunct Professor
Williams College Winter Study Program
Executive Director
BerkshireWorks
Other Experience1 - 7 of 7
Chair
MASS MoCA Cultural Development Commission
Chair
North Adams School Committee
Chair
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Commission
Member
Board of Trustees, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Member
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Board of Trustees
Member
McCann School Committee
Former Member
Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives