Meet John

First elected in November 2002, Rep. Scibak represents the Second Hampshire District which includes the communities of Easthampton, Granby, Hadley, and South Hadley.

Now serving his 15th two-year term, Representative John W. Scibak was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in November of 2002.  Rep. Scibak was  appointed as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Service, which worked throughout the 2011-2012 legislative session to address several complex matters through both legislation and the budget process. In this leadership role, Rep. Scibak was committed to working with his colleagues to ensure that the Commonwealth has fair, equitable, and fiscally responsible systems for both public employees and taxpayers. In early 2015, Rep. Scibak was appointed as House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. In 2016, Rep. Scibak will Chair the Joint Committee on Higher Education where he will work to help further strengthen higher education throughout the Commonwealth. Rep. Scibak has previously served as Chairman for the Joint Committees on Public Service and Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure. Prior to assuming his position in 2003, Rep. Scibak had long been an effective and determined champion for equal access to affordable, comprehensive healthcare. Throughout his career, Rep. Scibak dedicated many years to the areas of research and administration in health care and human services, in addition to teaching college-level Psychology and Grant Writing. Once elected, Rep. Scibak employed his past professional experience and progressive pragmatism to the Legislature and has since been unwavering in his commitment to disabled persons, infant and youth services, veterans’ benefits, and access to quality education and healthcare. In addition, Rep. Scibak has been actively involved in the development and passage of significant legislation.  As House Chair of the Legislative Oral Health Caucus, Rep. Scibak has educated colleagues on the veritable link between oral health and overall health as well as highlighted the importance of increasing access to oral health care in order to reach the most vulnerable individuals. His efforts were critical in helping to secure passage and enactment of an omnibus oral bill which strengthens the state’s oral health care infrastructure and creates new vehicles for oral health care professionals to reach out to under-served populations.  Furthermore, he has concentrated on improving the quality of education at all levels, from preschool programs to higher education, as well as increasing access to workforce training and economic development programs across Western Massachusetts.  He was one of the key sponsors of legislation to establish a comprehensive, statewide program to prevent Shaken Baby Syndrome in Massachusetts. As a member of the Joint Committee on Health Care Finance, Rep. Scibak also played an important role in the development of the Commonwealth’s pioneer health care reform legislation during the 2005-2006 session. Issues and Legislation