Joan Menard

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Joan Menard
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 1st Bristol and Plymouth District
In office
Preceded by Thomas C. Norton
Succeeded by Michael Rodrigues
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 5th Bristol District
In office
Preceded by Manuel Raposa
Succeeded by Patricia Haddad
Personal details
Born September 6, 1935
New York, New York
Political party Democratic
Residence Fall River, Massachusetts
Alma mater Bridgewater State College
Boston University

Joan M. Menard (born September 6, 1935 in New York City) is a retired American politician who also served as the vice president for work force development, lifelong learning, grant development and external affairs at Bristol Community College.[1]

From 1979 to 2000, Menard represented the 5th Bristol District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 1991, she served as the House Assistant Majority Whip and in 1984 and again from 1992 to 1996, she was the Majority Whip.[2]

From 1993 to 2000, Menard served as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.

In 1999, Menard was elected to the Massachusetts Senate; filling the vacancy caused by Thomas C. Norton's appointment to the Massachusetts Low-level Radioactive Waste Management Board.[3] She represented the 1st Bristol and Plymouth District until her retirement in 2011. From 2003 to 2011, Menard was the Senate Majority Whip.[4]

According to the Massachusetts Open Checkbook list of state pensions, Menard is currently receiving a pension from Massachusetts at a rate of $99,297 annually.[5]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "'Fake Deval' has fun on Twitter". Patriot Ledger. January 22, 2011. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  2. ^ 2001–2002 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  3. ^ Frank Phillips (July 16, 1999). "Cellucci directs board changes Norton's hiring is expected". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  4. ^ 2007–2008 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  5. ^ "View Pensions", Massachusetts Open Checkbook, 2015
Party political offices
Preceded by
Steve Grossman
Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Philip W. Johnston