The Framingham Democratic Town Committee salutes
David P. Magnani
for his service to our community as a Framingham legislator from
1985 to 2004
David Magnani was born in Framingham in 1944 to Louis and Angie Magnani of Ashland and attended Framingham’s Marian High School. He earned his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1968, Master’s of Education and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. David Magnani earned a Master of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1989.
After college Dave served in the Peace Corps as a teacher and trainer of science teachers in Sierra Leone and Kenya. He spent three years in Africa. Dave was first elected to public office in 1984 as a State Representative from Ashland and South Framingham. He was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1992.
As a legislator David Magnani focused his attention on improving early childhood, K-12, and higher education, improving science, technology, engineering and math education, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and serving the people of his district and the Commonwealth. He worked successfully to reduce property taxes for elderly citizens with the “Circuit Breaker” tax credit, helped municipalities, businesses, and the state address the need for infrastructure funding with the adoption of the District Improvement Financing program; helped to streamline the legal process for businesses with a Massachusetts business court, and consistently fought the most punitive aspects of welfare “reform”.
Senator Magnani was Chair of the Senate Committees on Education, Arts and Humanities and on Science & Technology. He was Vice Chair on the Joint Committee on Taxation and the Joint Committee on Commerce and Labor. He served on the Senate Ways and Means Committee, the Joint Committee on Human Services and Elderly Affairs, Co-Chair of the Special Statewide Commission on Early Childhood Education, Senate Chair of Metrowest Legislators Caucus, Chair for the Task Force on Economic Stabilization Committee on Commerce and Labor, and a member of the Task Force on Employment and Training. Dave was Chair of the Massachusetts Special Commission on Information Technology, founder of the Legislature’s Science and Technology Caucus and founder of the State’s Centers for Global and Multicultural Education.
In 1997, with then Representative Barbara Gardner he founded of the I-495 Technology Corridor Initiative, and is a founding board member of its successor organization, the 495-Metrowest Corridor Partnership. These organizations created a forum for constructive discussion of public and private perspectives on the development of the Corridor. A vibrant collaboration between state government, municipalities, large and small business, and environmental leaders along the Corridor is now implementing an action plan to realize those ideas. The mission of Partnership is to realize the full potential of the 495/Metrowest Corridor as an engine of sustainable economic development for the region and the Commonwealth, while enhancing the quality of life in the Corridor and sustaining environmental resources. This describes well Senator Magnani’s approach to economic development and environmental stewardship in his district and for the Commonwealth.
David Magnani is married to Nanette Brey Magnani. They have two children, Michael and Matthew. The family resides in Framingham.
In February 2004 David Magnani announced that he would not seek re-election to the State Senate. On November 19, 2004 a celebration was held in honor of Senator Magnani and his 20+ years of public and community service. This celebration was packed with over 400 friends, family and well-wishers who paid an affectionate tribute to Dave in recognition of his commitment to the community.
Thank you Dave!!!
Pictures from Nov. 19th celebration for Senator Magnani