Life and career
The oldest of four children, Benjamin Downing was born in Pittsfield to Gerard, the late Berkshire County District Attorney, and Pamela Downing. He attended Providence College in Rhode Island, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 2003. He then moved to Washington, D.C., where he worked for U.S. Representatives Bill Delahunt and Richard Neal before joining the staff of John Olver. He served as Olver's senior advisor on housing, budget, tax, homeland security, and foreign affairs for two years.
In 2004, he returned to Massachusetts and began his graduate studies at Tufts University. While a student at Tufts, he successfully ran for an open seat in the Massachusetts Senate in 2006. He won re-election in 2008. He is the 3rd-youngest member of the Senate.
He received a Master of Arts degree in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts in 2008.
-  Official policy and constituent services website
- Massachusetts General Court - State Senator Benjamin B. Downing official MA House website
- Project Vote Smart - Representative Benjamin Brackett Downing (MA) profile
- Follow the Money - Benjamin Brackett Downing
- 2006 campaign contributions