BOSTON- State Representative Paul K. Frost (R-Auburn) has nearly finished the 2019-2020 legislative session participating in all 267 recorded roll calls so far, extending his perfect voting attendance record to 6,654 votes cast. The House is still expected to meet again to pass a state budget which was delayed due to the pandemic. Having not missed a single vote upon taking office in 1997, Representative Frost’s streak is one of the longest running of all current members in the House of Representatives.
Following Governor Baker’s declaration of a State of Emergency on March 10th in response to COVID-19, Representative Frost supported a range of legislation designed to assist families, municipalities, and small businesses during the pandemic. He was an advocate of the Restaurant Relief Act, which would enable restaurants to delay the filing of meals tax payments collected without penalties or interest, and cap the fees charged by third-party service companies delivering online food orders.
House Minority Leader Bradley Jones commented, “For this voting streak to continue into Representative Frost’s 24th year shows he has the determination, desire and energy today as he did when first started. It is an incredible streak of being there for his constituents and communities.”
Frost cast votes on several other major pieces of legislation this year, among them the Student Opportunity Act, which sought to increase funding to schools and develop stronger standards of accountability to close gaps in student achievement. He also voted for Nicky’s Law, which established a statewide “do not hire” registry to track caregivers who abuse clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Other initiatives he supported this legislative session included expanded access to mental health and behavioral services for children, a Foster Parents Bill of Rights, hands-free cell phone use while driving, the creation of a Women’s Rights History Trail, and aid for Massachusetts veterans suffering from PTSD and other deployment-related conditions.
Appointed Assistant Minority Leader Whip in 2015, Frost has now served 12 terms as the State Representative of the 7th Worcester District. It is comprised of Auburn, Charlton (Precinct 4), Millbury, and Oxford (Precincts 2 & 3).