Obama reappoints Brett to disabilities panel

President Obama is reappointing James T. Brett, a Boston business leader and former state legislator, to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities, said the group that Brett leads, the New England Council.

Brett served on the national disabilities committee from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2011 to 2013, as chairman.

“Advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities is a cause that is near and dear to my heart, and I look forward to the opportunity to work with other members of the committee to offer guidance and advice to the president,” Brett said in a statement.


The President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities advises the president and the secretary of health and human services on topics affecting people with intellectual disabilities.

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Brett is also chairman of the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on Intellectual Disability and president of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Association for Mental Health.

Since 1996, Brett, who lives in Dorchester, has been president of the New England Council, a nonpartisan organization representing businesses across the six New England states.

Before joining the council, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for more than 15 years. In 1993, he lost a bid for Boston mayor to Thomas M. Menino.

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