Denise Andrews

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Denise Andrews
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 2nd Franklin district
In office
January 5, 2011 – January 7, 2015
Preceded by Chris Donelan
Succeeded by Susannah Whipps Lee
Personal details
Born (1959-07-14) July 14, 1959 (age 55)
Orange, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Candi Fetzer
Residence Orange, Massachusetts
Alma mater UMass Amherst
Xavier University
Website deniseandrews.org

Denise Andrews is an American politician from Western Massachusetts. A Democrat, she was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 2nd Franklin district from 2011 to 2015. The 2nd Franklin district comprises twelve communities, Athol, Belchertown precinct A, Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick, and Wendell.

Andrews, who is gay, was born in Orange and still lives there with her partner Candi Fetzer.[1][2] Andrews earned a bachelor's degree from UMass Amherst and an MBA from Xavier University before embarking on a 25-year career with Procter & Gamble (P&G). Her first P&G positions were in Quincy, Massachusetts and she later moved to the company's headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio. She left P&G in 2006 after four years as the company's global diversity & inclusion manager. She then established her own consulting business, Legacy Unlimited.[3]

Following incumbent state representative Chris Donelan's announcement that he would run for Franklin County sheriff rather than seek re-election in 2010, Andrews launched a bid to succeed him in the state house. In the Democratic primary election held on September 14, 2010, Andrews polled 37% in a five candidate race, finishing 519 votes ahead of the second-place finisher, who took 24%.[4] In the general election held on November 2, she polled 6,885 (53%), finishing over 1,300 votes ahead of the Republican nominee (who took 42%) and an independent (on 5%).[5] She first took office on January 5, 2011. She was defeated for re-election by Republican Susannah Whipps Lee in November 2014; her term will end January 7, 2015.[6]

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