This is the first in a series of posts on the new 189th Massachusetts General Court sworn in January 7.
BOSTON—A friend told freshly minted college graduate Josh Lipsky to look out for somebody. Plopped into St. Louis just as the 2008 Democratic presidential primary died down, Lipsky was searching for Eric Lesser, a year-long vet of the junior Illinois senator’s campaign. Lesser was only a name then, but not for long.
“The moment we met, he was so welcoming. Showed me the ropes,” Lipsky said. A friendship that would lend support to both young men through politics and life was born. “I don’t have any brothers, but he always felt like a brother,” Lipsky added.
Below the gold State House dome Wednesday, it was Lesser being welcomed into a new crowd. A former White House aide, Lesser, 29, began his first term as the senator from the 1st Hampden & Hampshire district, as his family and friends beamed with pride.