Ted and his wife, June (Consigli), have lived in Danvers for the past 38 years. They have two daughters, Pia and Ashley, both of whom graduated from Danvers High School, went to college in Massachusetts and are now working locally and living in Danvers. His two grandchildren, Kayla and Teddy Freeley, are beginning school in Danvers as a kindergardener and preschooler!
Ted attended the Carroll Elementary School in Peabody, Danversport Elementary School and is a graduate of Danvers High School. He earned his B.S in Political Science and a certification and license to teach from Northeastern University. Ted became a Danvers town meeting member at the age of 18, and served from 1987-1994 as Danvers Town Moderator.
Currently, Ted is the Chairman of the Bills in Third Reading Committee. As a bill navigates throughout the checks and balances of the legislative system Bills in Third Reading is the final checkpoint prior to the legisalation being ordered to the House floor for the entire memberships consideration.
Awards and Recognition
- The Alliance of Massachusetts YMCA: A Y Legislative Champion
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees: Legislator of the Year
- The Humane Society of the United States: Humane State Legislator of the Year Award
- Massachusetts Veteran’s Association: Legislator of the Year Award
- The Massachusetts Lyme Disease Legislative Task Force: Recognition for Leadership & Compassion
- Reach Out and Read: Recognition
- National Vocational Agricultural Teachers Association (MVATA): Recognition
- Independent Living Center of the North Shore and Cape Ann, Inc. : Certificate of Appreciation
- The Affordable Care Today Coalition: Healthcare Hero
- Civil Air Patrol (Auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force): Membership Certificate
- United State Air Force Auxiliary (Civil Air Patrol): Certificate of Excellence
- Northeast Tobacco Control Programs: Certificate of Appreciation
- Department of Mental Health (on Behalf of The North East Area): Legislators Recognition Award
- State Police of Massachusetts: Appreciation of Support Award
- The Highlands Horribles Parade Judge: Appreciation Certificate
- North Shore Elder Service: (Making a Difference) Public Policy Maker of the Year Award
- Massachusetts Airport Management Association: Aviation Caucus Member
- Executive Office of Health and Human Services (Department of Mental Health): Certificate of Appreciation
- Stop Handgun Violence: Leadership Award
- Massachusetts Citizens for Handgun Control: Handgun Control Action Award
- Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union: Legislative Appreciation Award
- Future Farmers of America: Appreciation Award
- CAB Health & Recovery Services: Appreciation of Support
Ted Speliotis, Working for Danvers, West Peabody and Middleton
Fighting for Education
Throughout his career Ted has been a tireless advocate for education, his work impacting every student of every age throughout the 13th Essex District.
Ted co-sponsored a budget amendment adding $2 million dollars for a pilot program that allowed a select few schools, such as Peabody Veteran Memorial High School, to offer their students a chance to participate in a program that drastically increased the number of students enrolled in advanced placement math, science and English classes. Since the program was rolled out, The Washington Post placed PVMHS in the top 2% of competitive high schools due to the rigorous class selection. The number of Peabody students enrolled in AP classes has skyrocketed from 99 in 2009 to 498 in 2016 and the program is opening more college doors to our graduating seniors.
When Ted was the Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee, he was able to secure more capital or construction money for North Shore Community College than any community college in the state and Ted was able to do the same for Salem State University. NSCC built the Nursing and Allied Health Building in Danvers while SSU replaced their library with their funds.
Ted worked tirelessly to coordinate the passage of four different pieces of legislation to create the merger of three different schools, Peabody Vocational, Essex Aggie, and North Shore Vocational Schools into one state of the art, one of a kind, combined vocational and agricultural school. This legislation and the funding Ted has helped to provide ensures that students from our area are attending one of the finest and most comprehensive vocational and agricultural programs in the Commonwealth.
Ted has spent over a decade volunteering as a reader in the Peabody Elementary Schools, and has been a frequent guest reader in several of the Danvers Elementary Schools.
Ted has been an ardent supporter in securing funding for school renovation projects. For example, he made the first call to former Treasurer Steve Grossman to jump start the funding process for the new Higgins Middle School in Peabody. Ted also offered his support when Danvers was awarded over 41 million dollars for Danvers High School Renovations.
Keeping our Whole Family Safe
Did you know that 70 percent of all veterinarians have encountered the loss of a dog or cat due to the animal licking antifreeze in a driveway? Since antifreeze has a very sweet taste, pets are attracted to the taste and ingest far too much of the liquid. As Chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee, Ted supported and guided legislation through the Legislature that requires antifreeze to contain a bittering agent that will discourage pets from ingesting the liquid.
During the ceremonies at the MSPCA headquarters marking the Governor’s signing of the bill, Ted said, “The kind of support this bill had throughout the process shows the power of animals in people’s lives. When this bill came to my Committee all I could think about was that on hot summer days nearly every driveway has a puddle that is a potential risk to a dog or cat.
For this work, and his continued advocacy Ted was named the Legislator of the Year by the Humane Society.
Connecting our Community
As the second most senior Representative on Beacon Hill, Ted has seen the importance of sharing knowledge and a helping hand with those just starting out in the field. So, when Ted became a board member of the Danvers Rotary he selected to spear head their career fair. Located at Danvers High School he gathered over 50 local businesses to impart their knowledge and wisdom to the next generation. At the fair. students were able to learn about different careers, ask questions and hear how people got their start in the industry.
Ted has also welcomed numerous students from Danvers, Peabody and Masconomet High School as well as countless college students to intern in his Boston Office where they are able to assist with the legislative process first hand!