34, NORTH END
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, SUFFOLK DISTRICT 3
It didn't take the North End's Aaron Michlewitz long to make a name for himself on Beacon Hill after filling the seat of former Speaker Sal DiMasi, who resigned in 2009.
Our panel praises Michlewitz' s distinguished greying sideburns (move over, Mitt) as well as his "nice Jewish boy/nice Italian boy" appeal. "He makes a mean matzoh ball soup with a side of penne arrabiata," says one panelist.
Michlewitz lives up to his dual heritage as a member of the St. Anthony's Society in the North End and by winning a Legislator of the Year award from the Jewish Community Relations Council.
Job title: State representative, 3rd Suffolk District; chair, Joint Committee on Election Laws
Held since: July 2009
Home: Boston's North End
Originally from: Boston's North End
What you do: Advocate for the people of the district, whether on the smaller constituent services level, or larger statewide issues. One of the greatest things about this job is that every day brings on new challenges which always keep things interesting
One experience that made you glad to do this work: After much collaboration, the city announced the expansion of the Eliot School in the North End. This will drastically improve the prospects of keeping young families in the community, and in turn keeping the community strong for years to come.
Other activities: Member of the St. Anthony's Society; Legislator of the Year, Jewish Community Relations Council; Boston Groundwater Trust
Personal style: I don't feel like I subscribe to one particular style. I'm just looking to continue to build bridges for the growth of the city.
Favorite thing about working in the State House: The diverse mix of people in the building
One thing you would change to make State House work more "beautiful": Less hot air coming from the other side of the building.