A member of the House of Representatives since 1999, David P. Linsky currently serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight. David represents the 5th Middlesex district, comprised of the towns of Natick, Sherborn, and precincts two and three in the town of Millis. David is a lifelong Natick resident.
Representative David Linsky has served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight since 2009. He is responsible for directing the Legislative Post Audit Bureau and the Committee to perform investigations, examinations, audits, and general oversight. During his tenure the Post Audit Committee has conducted investigations on numerous issues, including the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Transitional Assistance, Lyme disease, the cost of indigent defense counsel, as well as leading joint oversight hearings of the meningitis outbreak relative to sterile compounding pharmacies and the Hinton State Drug Lab.
Representative Linsky also served as the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight during the 2009-2010 Legislative Session. The Joint Committee on Federal Stimulus Oversight was created to make certain Massachusetts maximized access to funding through the federal stimulus. He has also served on the Ways and Means, Judiciary, Criminal Justice, State Administration, Natural Resources, Personnel and Administration and Health Care Finance committees.
In 1982, he received his Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Following his graduation from Boston College Law School, David began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County serving from 1983 to 1988 and again from 1991 to 1999. As an Assistant District Attorney, David prosecuted thousands of cases including sexual assault, murder and white collar crime, and processed cases in each one of Middlesex County’s 54 cities and towns. David is currently an active practicing trial attorney and a member of the Massachusetts Bar.
Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1999, David has played an essential role in the passage of landmark legislation on Beacon Hill. He is a leader on criminal justice issues, most recently serving on the conference committee for sentencing reform. Representative Linsky is a long-time advocate for sensible gun policy intended to reduce gun violence, and recently filed legislation aimed to close loopholes in the Massachusetts gun laws. David is a long-time supporter of the special needs community, and recently secured a salary reserve for human service workers in the Commonwealth. David is proud of his role in the passage of marriage equality in 2004, and continues to be an advocate for equal rights in the legislature. His commitment to public service has been recognized by dozens of advocacy organizations. In 2012, David was selected as Legislator of the Year by The Providers’ Council and received the Outstanding Legislator Award from the VinFen Family Advisory Council. Last year he received the Legislative Achievement Award from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston and was just recently named Legislator of the Year by the ADDP. He has also been named a Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Municipal Association for his work on increasing state aid to public education and local aid.
David is a 1979 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he studied Government. He was educated in the Natick Public Schools and graduated from Natick High School in 1975. Active in the Natick community since his teenage years, David served as a Town Meeting Member from 1980-1999. He also served on the Natick Conservation Commission from 1984 to 1988, and has been a member of the Bennett/Hemenway School Parent Teacher Organization, the Broadmoor Audubon Sanctuary Board, the Natick Education Foundation, and the MetroWest YMCA Board of Directors. David has three sons, and was a youth sports coach for many years. In his free time, Representative Linsky enjoys attending Natick High School football games and playing golf.