James T. Brett Awards & Honors


The Irish Echo Newspaper, Ireland-USA Business Ambassador Award 2019

Boston Business Journal, Boston Business Journal Power 50 Most Influential Bostonians 2019

Dorchester YMCA, Honor Award 2019

Beacon College, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2019

Boston Police Foundation, Honoree of the Year 2019

Boy Scouts of America, The Ralph Lowell Good Scout Award 2018

Junior Achievement of Northern New England, Hall of Fame Inductee 2018

Eire Society of Boston, Gold Medal 2018

University of Saint Joseph, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree 2018

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, The Michael and Kitty Dukakis

Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Dorchester Then and Now Award 2018

Community Work Services, Lifetime Achievement and Advocacy Award

for Individuals with Disabilities 2017

American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Katie Beckett Advocacy Award 2017

Massachusetts State Council Knights of Columbus, Highest Recognition, The Lantern Award 2017

Boston Business Journal, Power 50 Game Changer 2016

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., Hall of Fame Inductee 2016

Anna Maria College, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2016

Bridgewater State University, Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree 2016

Operation A.B.L.E. of Greater Boston, Inc., Starfish Thrower Award 2016

The Arc of Massachusetts, Spotlight Honoree 2015

USS Constitution Museum, Charles Francis Adams Award 2015

The MENTOR Network, Ripple of Hope Award 2015

Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Gala Honoree 2015

Emmanuel College, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2015

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, Tim Russert Award 2015

New England Board of Higher Education, Governor Walter R. Peterson Award for Leadership 2015

Saint John’s Seminary, Saint John the Evangelist Medal 2015

Special Olympics Massachusetts, Hall of Fame Inductee 2014

Special Olympics Massachusetts, John “Jack” Brett Champion’s Award 2014

Easter Seals Massachusetts, Team Hoyt Award 2014

Disability Law Center, Edward M. Kennedy Leadership Award 2014

New England College, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree 2014

Worcester State University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree 2014

Rivier University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree 2014

Boston Business Journal, Boston Business Journal Power 50 Most Influential Bostonians 2013

Suffolk University, Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree 2013

Saint Anselm College, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2013

Boston Irish Business Association, Boston Irish Business Award 2013

The New England Center for Children, Children of Promise Award 2012

Bridgewell, Visionary Leadership Award 2012

The Price Center, Recognition Award 2012

Cardinal Cushing Centers, Springtime Honoree 2012

John Joseph Moakley Charitable Foundation, Public Service Award 2012

Massachusetts Legislators Association, Public Service Honoree 2012

Curry College, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2012

Massachusetts Hospital School, Arthur Pappas Award 2012

Community Resources for Justice, Community Hero Award 2012

Dorchester Hall of Fame, Inductee 2012

The Charitable Irish Society, Silver Key Award 2012

Catholic Charities of Greater Boston, Richard D. Armstrong Service Award 2011

The New England Council, New Englander of the Year 2011

Salem State University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree 2011

Sligo Club of Boston, Man of the Year Award 2011

Boston Irish Reporter, The Boston Irish Honors The Brett Family 2010

New Democracy Coalition, Service Award 2010

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Embracing the Legacy Award June 2010

Marian Court College, Beacon Award 2010

Irish America Magazine, Business 100 Honoree Leader 2009

The Missionary Society of Saint James the Apostle, Richard Cardinal Cushing Award 2009

Exceptional Parent, Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award 2009

Massachusetts Chapter, American Society for Public Administration, Distinguished Citizen Award 2009

Westfield State College, Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree 2008

Special Olympics Massachusetts, Distinguished Leadership Award 2008

American University, Alumni Recognition Award 2007

Action for Boston Community Development, Inc., Special Awardee 2007

The Arc of East Middlesex 50th Anniversary, Appreciation Award 2007

Irish America Magazine, Business 100 Honoree Leader 2006

New England Association of Regional Councils, The Arthur R. Hogan Regional Citizenship Award


Irish Immigration Center, Solas Award 2006

Canadian Consul General to New England, The Champlain Award 2006

Roger Williams University, 50th Anniversary Medallion 2006

Irish America Magazine, Business 100 Honoree Leader 2005

Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation, Gunnar Dybwad Leadership Award 2005

Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, Founders Award 2004

EMARC-East Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens, Man of the Year 2003

Fields Corner Community Development Corporation, Leadership Award 2003

Catholic Charities Greater Boston, Judge J. John Fox Award 2002

University of Massachusetts Boston, Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree 2001

Suffolk University School of Management, Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award 2001

Massachusetts Association of Older Americans, For Contribution to the Elderly Award 2000

Marion Manor Nursing Home, Distinguished Service Award 2000

Carney Hospital, Vincentian Award 1999

Best Buddies, Distinguished Service Award 1998

University of Massachusetts Boston, College of Management, Corporate Leadership Award 1997

Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, Special Recognition Award 1997

Association for Retarded Citizens (Arc), Distinguished Citizen Award 1996

Private Industry Council, Achievers Award 1996

Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation, Appreciation Award 1996

Vietnamese Community of Massachusetts, Appreciation Plaque 1996

Action for Boston Community Development, Lifetime Public Service Award 1995

Boston Bar Association Banking Commission, Distinguished Public Service Award 1995

Columbia Savin Hill Civic Association, Community Service Award 1995

South Boston Against Drugs, Certificate of Appreciation 1995

Central Remedial Clinic, Dublin Ireland, Irish Person of the Year 1994

Boston Police Department Emerald Society, Man of the Year 1994

Gavin House, South Boston, Certificate of Appreciation 1995

The Laboure Center, Distinguished Service Award 1994

Kit Clark Senior Services, Distinguished Service Award 1994

Federated Dorchester Neighborhood House, Distinguished Service Award 1994

Friends of the John F. Kennedy Library, Irishman of the Year 1993

Massachusetts Corrections Officers, Appreciation Plaque 1993

Friends of Work Inc., Distinguished Service Award 1992

Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Club, Service Award 1991

South Boston Citizens Association, John W. McCormack Award 1991

New England Chapter of the Irish American Labor Coalition, John Boyle O’Reilly Award 1991

Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association, Appreciation Award 1991

Central Remedial Clinic of Ireland, Appreciation Award 1991

Saint Margaret’s Hospital, Distinguished Service Award 1990

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, Public Service Award 1990

Hospice of Boston, Humanitarian Award 1989

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health, Outstanding Leadership Award 1989

Victim Advocacy Network, Distinguished Service Award 1988

University of Massachusetts Boston, Gerontology Center, Community Service Award 1987

University of Massachusetts Boston, Chancellors Medal for Exemplary Leadership 1987

Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, Public Service Award 1985

Boston Jaycees, One of the Ten Outstanding Young Leaders 1984



 Honorary Grand Marshal Dorchester Day Parade 2001

Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts 1997

Dorchester Allied Neighborhood Association 1996

Brett House 1995

Polish American Club 1994

South Boston Evacuation Day Activities, General Chairman 1993

Massachusetts Parole Board 1990

Massachusetts Coalition of Families and Advocates for the Retarded 1990

Suffolk County Deputy Sheriffs Association 1990

Bay Cove Human Services 1989

Law Enforcement Committee 1984


Legislator of the Year

 Massachusetts Victim and Witness Assistance Board 1996

Massachusetts Council of Human Service Providers 1996

Building Trades Council AFL-CIO 1993

Massachusetts Judges Conference 1990

Massachusetts Police Association 1989

Massachusetts Association for Retarded Citizens 1988

Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council 1988

Greater Boston Association for Retarded Citizens 1986

Brick Layers and Allied Craftsmen 1986

Dorchester Chapter No. 13 Disabled American Veterans 198



 Lead Sponsor of the Financial Service Bill, creating 11,000 jobs in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; 150 million dollars into our economy; ensuring that Massachusetts will continue to be the leader in the new century 1996


Chairman of the Joint Taxation Committee, played a leading role in passing 11 tax cuts that has

produced 900 million dollars in savings for Massachusetts residents


Chief Sponsor Bank Tax Reform (reforming the state bank tax code) 1995


Lead Sponsor to create Single Sales Factor Tax Code for all manufacturers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1996


Former Chairman

Joint Committee on Taxation 1995

Joint Committee on Bank and Banking 1992

Congressional Redistricting Committee 1989

Joint Committee on Criminal Justice 1988

Joint Committee on Counties 1987

Legislative Redistricting Committee 1985

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