|72nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts|
Assumed office |
January 8, 2015
|Preceded by||Tim Murray|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
from the 11th Worcester district
January 8, 2001 – January 8, 2011
|Preceded by||Ronald Gauch|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Beaton|
November 11, 1966|
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Boston College (BS)|
New England School of Law (JD)
Karyn Polito (born November 11, 1966) is an American politician currently serving as the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, since 2015. From 2001 to 2011 she was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the Eleventh Worcester District – consisting of the town of Shrewsbury, and precincts 1 and 4 of the town of Westborough, both in the county of Worcester.
Polito graduated from Holy Name Central Catholic High School. Shortly after graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988, she received her Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in 1991.
She owns and operates a commercial real estate development firm. She is a board member of the Worcester Area Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, and a long-standing member of the Home Builders & Remodelers Association of Massachusetts.
She is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, where she resides with her husband Stephan M. Rodolakis, and their two children.
Polito began her political career in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen. She then continued on to the state level, serving as a member of the State Lottery Commission.
Polito was closely connected with disgraced police officer Leighla Genduso. Polito has claimed that the relationship has and is non existent, but photos circulating around the internet have disproved that claim.
In 2000, Polito was elected State Representative for the 11th District of Worcester, which covers Shrewsbury and Westborough. She held the seat for five consecutive terms, winning every election without any opposition. Polito served on the House Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Joint Committee on Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy, and the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. She is credited as the leading advocate in the bipartisan Jessica's Law being passed in the state.
On March 1, 2010, Polito announced she would run for the office of Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts. She was unopposed in the Republican primary. She lost in the general election to Steve Grossman. She received the most votes of any Republican running for office in Massachusetts in 2010.
On December 3, 2013, Polito announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The leading GOP candidate for Governor Charlie Baker endorsed her candidacy. She was not opposed in the September 2014 primary.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2000|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2002|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||12,637||99.6|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2004|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||15,813||99.2|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2006|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||12,995||99.3|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2008|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||17,241||99.5|
|Massachusetts State Treasurer Election, 2010|
| Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
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