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Rep. Bentz

Jake is serving in his first term in Congress where he is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. On Transportation and Infrastructure, Jake is Vice Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

Jake was born and raised in Newton, Massachusetts, the son of a surgeon and scientist. They taught him to be a lifelong learner and to give back to the community. From the moment he could read, Jake loved American history.

After graduating from Harvard College, Jake joined the Marines. He commanded infantry in Afghanistan and special operations in Panama. He's now a major in the reserves.

When Jake returned home to Newton, he wanted to continue service. He won election to the Newton City Council in 2015 and topped the ticket in 2019. His favorite part of being a city councilor was constituent services and communication.

Jake chaired the transportation & public safety committee and was a member of the land use committee. His work at the intersections of

(a) housing & racial justice, and

(b) transportation & the environment

earned him endorsements from Progressive Newton and environmental advocates. Jake was the first city councilor to endorse Ruthanne Fuller, the first woman to be Mayor of Newton.

While serving as a city councilor on nights and weekends, Jake managed teams at both a Fortune 100 and a startup. He led product development in cybersecurity and insurance. He has degrees in economics and finance from Harvard College and MIT Sloan.

Jake lives in Newtonville with his wife, Michelle; their son, Teddy; and their Labrador Retriever, Donut.