Geoff Diehl

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Geoff Diehl
Massachusetts State Rep. Geoff Diehl (cropped).jpg
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 7th Plymouth district
Assumed office
January 5, 2011
Preceded byAllen McCarthy
Personal details
Born (1969-04-23) April 23, 1969 (age 49)
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (2009–present)
Other political
affiliations
Democratic (1996–2009)
Spouse(s)KathyJo Boss
Children2
ResidenceWhitman, Massachusetts
EducationLehigh University (BA)
WebsiteCampaign website

Geoffrey G. Diehl (born April 23, 1969) is a Republican politician who represents the 7th Plymouth District (Abington, Whitman, and East Bridgewater) in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1] He is a member of the Joint Committee on Housing, House Committee on Global Warming and Climate Change, and the House Committee on Technology and Intergovernmental Affairs.[2] Representative Diehl is also a member of the House Library Caucus and Regional School Caucus. On November 2, 2010 he upset incumbent Allen McCarthy and was sworn in on January 5, 2011. He served as Donald Trump's Massachusetts campaign co-chair during the 2016 presidential election.[3]

On November 6, 2018, Diehl lost the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts to incumbent Elizabeth Warren of the Democratic Party.

Personal history[edit]

Geoff Diehl was born at St. Luke's Hospital in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He attended Lake Forest Academy and graduated from Lehigh University in 1992 with a double major in Government and Urban Studies. After graduating, he moved to New York City and worked in Advertising, and would later work television production in Los Angeles, California. He moved to his wife's home town of Whitman, Massachusetts in 2001 where he worked as an account executive in the sign industry. Diehl registered to vote as a Democrat in 1996 and supported various Democratic politicians throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, including Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly and Vice President Joe Biden before later registering as a Republican.[4] Prior to his election, Diehl was a member of the Whitman Finance Committee, and remains a member of the MetroSouth Chamber of Commerce, and South Shore Chamber of Commerce. Geoff Diehl is also an Eagle Scout. Geoff and his wife, KathyJo, have two daughters. They live in Whitman, Massachusetts.

2010 Election[edit]

Diehl began his campaign for representative of the 7th Plymouth District on February 22, 2010. During his campaign Diehl received support from previous Representatives from the same district including Andrew Card, Michael Sullivan, Ned Kirby (Also former State Senator, County Commissioner, and Judge), and Ronald Whitney. Diehl also received the endorsement of former U.S. Senator Scott Brown.[5]

Tank the Gas Tax Movement[edit]

Geoff Diehl was a lead supporter of the successful ballot question campaign to repeal the Massachusetts gas tax indexing law in 2014.[6]

U.S. Senate election 2018[edit]

In April 2017, Diehl announced his intent to challenge Elizabeth Warren for her U.S. Senate seat.[7][8] In the Republican primary election held on September 4, 2018, Diehl finished first in a field of three candidates.[9] The general election was held on November 6, 2018. Senator Elizabeth Warren defeated Diehl by twenty-four percentage points.

Electoral History[edit]

2016 Election for Massachusetts' 7th Plymouth House District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Diehl (Incumbent) 17,088 99.20
Write-in Others 144 0.80
2015 Special Election for Massachusetts' 2nd Bristol and Plymouth State Senate District[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Brady 14,397 56.9
Republican Geoff Diehl 10,245 40.5
Independent Anna Raduc 649 2.55
Write-in Others 170 0.01
2014 Election for Massachusetts' 7th Plymouth House District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Diehl (Incumbent) 11,528 99.20
Write-in Others 92 0.80
2012 Election for Massachusetts' 7th Plymouth House District
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Diehl (Incumbent) 10,942 54.20
Democratic Robert L. Toomey, Jr. 9,232 45.70
Write-in Others 25 0.10
2010 Election for Massachusetts' 7th Plymouth House District[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Geoff Diehl 8,553 51.24
Democratic Allen J. McCarthy 8,132 48.72
Write-in Others 6 0.04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Representative Geoff Diehl". www.malegislature.gov.
  2. ^ "Representative Geoff Diehl". malegislature.gov. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  3. ^ Young, Shannon (August 11, 2016). "Massachusetts Democrats urge Geoff Diehl to resign as Donald Trump's state campaign co-chair". masslive.com.
  4. ^ Phillips, Frank. "GOP candidate Geoff Diehl once voted true blue". Boston Globe. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Preer, Robert. "Challengers, not all GOP, seek upsets". Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 September 2012.
  6. ^ Matt Murphy. "Rep. Diehl leads way on gas tax question". wickedlocal.com. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  7. ^ O'Sullivan, Jim (April 6, 2017). "GOP's Geoff Diehl sets stage for challenge to Elizabeth Warren". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
  8. ^ "It's Official: Republican Geoff Diehl Is Running To Unseat Senator Elizabeth Warren". 2 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Massachusetts Primary Election Results". The New York Times. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  10. ^ "PD43+ - 2015 State Senate Special General Election 2nd Plymouth and Bristol District". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  11. ^ "PD43+ - Search Elections". Retrieved 8 October 2018.
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Preceded by
Allen McCarthy
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 7th Plymouth district

2011–present
Incumbent
Party political offices
Preceded by
Scott Brown
Republican nominee for U.S. Senator from Massachusetts
(Class 1)

2018
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