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Karyn Polito
Karyn Polito official portrait.jpg
72nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 8, 2015
Governor Charlie Baker
Preceded by Tim Murray
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 11th Worcester district
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 8, 2011
Preceded by Ronald Gauch
Succeeded by Matthew Beaton
Personal details
Born (1966-11-11) November 11, 1966 (age 51)
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Children 2
Education 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.[1]

Education and career[edit]

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.

Political career[edit]

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.

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

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.[2] 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.

2010 State Treasurer campaign[edit]

On March 1, 2010, Polito announced she would run for the office of Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts.[3] 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.[4]

2014 Lieutenant Governor campaign[edit]

On December 3, 2013, Polito announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The leading GOP candidate for Governor Charlie Baker endorsed her candidacy.[5] She was not opposed in the September 2014 primary.

Issues and record[edit]

  • Polito has supported term limits and eliminating state pensions for elected officials.[6]
  • Polito has an A+ rating from Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL), the official state association of the National Rifle Association.[7]
  • As State Representative in 2007, Polito voted yes on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.[8] However, she now supports same-sex marriage.[9]

Electoral history[edit]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2000
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karyn Polito 18,182 98.6
Write-ins Write-ins 262 1.4
Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2002
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karyn Polito (inc.) 12,637 99.6
Write-ins Write-ins 46 0.4
Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2004
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karyn Polito (inc.) 15,813 99.2
Write-ins Write-ins 129 0.8
Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karyn Polito (inc.) 12,995 99.3
Write-ins Write-ins 92 0.7
Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2008
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Karyn Polito (inc.) 17,241 99.5
Write-ins Write-ins 93 0.5
Massachusetts State Treasurer Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Steve Grossman 1,208,098 54.8
Republican Karyn Polito 993,127 45.1
Write-ins Write-ins 1,785 0.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Murray
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
2015–present
Incumbent

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