One of his first acts was to sponsor legislation to put an end to earmark spending in the state budget, a key campaign promise which he eagerly kept. He is also a hard worker back in his district, eagerly giving out the number to his cell phone, which he calls a “24-7 constituent service hotline”. With a passion to address big problems, as well as pay close attention to matters back home, Massey has a balanced perspective towards the job of being a Senator which has received considerable praise.
Fellow freshman Paul Campbell praised Shane’s willingness to work with Senators in both parties, something which allowed Moore, his predecessor, to be a very effective Senator. He also pointed out:
Shane’s background as an attorney allows him to help us understand the legal ramifications of legislation before the Senate. He’s come a long way quickly.
“It’s encouraging to see such a bright and energetic new face in the Senate,” said Senator Larry Grooms, the Chairman of Transportation Committee. “Senator Massey has brought a new level of enthusiasm to our chamber."
Wesley Donehue, long-time Blogland fan and Midlands GOP political strategist had this to say about the freshman Senator:
Shane Massey is the hardest working candidate I've ever worked with. The guy's a machine. He knocked on over 10,000 during the election and as a State Senator, he's made constituent service his top priority. The voters of District 25 have a real workhorse shaking things up for them in Columbia.
Last, but not least, Senate Majority Leader Harvey Peeler, with three decades of service in the Senate, had this to say about Massey:
During my twenty-eight years in the State Senate, I've met few as hardworking and eager to shake things up as Senator Shane Massey. He started ruffling feathers even before his first day in the Senate when he introduced legislation to eliminate so-called earmarks. Senator Massey stands up for what he believes in regardless of the political consequences.
Senator Shane Massey has met and exceeded expectations for a freshman Senator, and has earned the respect of many both inside and outside of the Senate. He’s worked hard for his district, as well as the best interests of the state as a whole, and in doing so has earned our recognition as our Outstanding Freshman Senator for this legislative session.
We hope Massey's constituents will recognize the value he gives them and will give him another four years to continue building upon what has been an outstanding beginning in the Senate.