Mike Kushmerek began his tenure as State Representative for the 3rd Worcester District in January 2021. Prior to his role in the state legislature, Mike served as a Fitchburg City Councilor from 2014-2021, including five years as Council President from 2016-2021.
Fueled by a passion to provide the region’s residents with access to affordable higher education opportunities, Mike has held positions in higher education administration and development at Northeastern University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and Fitchburg State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in history. Mike is married to Carissa Kushmerek, a licensed social worker and program director at Aging Services of North Central Massachusetts.
As a high school dropout, and the product of a home that battled substance abuse, mental health and homelessness, Mike is passionate about dismantling financial and socioeconomic barriers to success and ensuring that everyone has an equitable opportunity to pursue their dreams and goals.
As a State Representative, Mike proudly serves on the Joint Committees for Public Service, Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery, and the Small Business and Community Development. During his tenure in the House of Representatives Mike has secured critical district funding for the Fitchburg State University Theater Block Renovations, the Historic Crocker Field Restoration, the Fitchburg Police
Department Dispatch Center, the Fitchburg and Lunenburg Public Libraries and M.O.C., as well as funding for mental health and homelessness coordinators within the Fitchburg Police Department.
During his first term, Mike successfully introduced and passed legislation critical to ensuring the delivery veterans’ benefits, expanded pediatric mental health benefits, state recognition of civil rights leaders and local legislation crucial to downtown economic development and revitalization.”