Karyn Polito

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Karyn Polito
Karyn Polito official photo.jpg
72nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 8, 2015
GovernorCharlie Baker
Preceded byTim Murray
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 11th Worcester district
In office
January 8, 2001 – January 8, 2011
Preceded byRonald Gauch
Succeeded byMatthew Beaton
Personal details
Born (1966-11-11) November 11, 1966 (age 54)
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationBoston College (BS)
New England School of Law (JD)
WebsiteGovernment website

Karyn Polito (born November 11, 1966) is an American attorney, businesswoman and politician currently serving as the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Polito was a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 11th Worcester district from 2001 to 2011. Polito was first elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014 as the running mate of Charlie Baker. She and Baker were re-elected to their respective posts in 2018.

Education, early career, and family[edit]

Polito graduated from Holy Name Central Catholic High School.[1] Shortly after graduating from Boston College with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1988,[2] she received her Juris Doctorate from the New England School of Law in 1991.[3]

An attorney,[4] Polito co-owns and operates a commercial real estate development firm.[5][1]

Polito is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts,[1] where she resides with her husband, Stephan M. Rodolakis, and their two children, Robert and Judy.[6] Rodolakis is an attorney specialising in bankruptcy proceedings.[7]

Political career[edit]

Polito is a member of the Republican Party.[8] Her experience in politics and government includes stints as a Shrewsbury Town Meeting member (1993-2000), a member of the Shrewsbury Zoning Board of Appeals (1994-1995), and a Shrewsbury selectman (1995-1998). Polito was the commissioner of the Massachusetts Lottery from 1999 to 2000.[2][3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

In 2000, Polito was elected State Representative for the 11th district of Worcester, which covers the town of Shrewsbury and precincts 1 and 4 of the adjacent town of Westborough in Worcester County. She served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2001 to 2011,[9] winning every election without any opposition.[10]

2010 State Treasurer campaign[edit]

On March 1, 2010, Polito announced she would run for the office of Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts.[11] She was unopposed in the Republican primary. Polito lost in the general election to Democratic candidate Steve Grossman, but received the most votes of any Republican running for office in Massachusetts in 2010.[12]

Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts[edit]

2014 campaign[edit]

Polito in 2015

On December 3, 2013, Polito announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The leading GOP candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker, endorsed her candidacy.[13] She was not opposed in the September 2014 primary. Baker and Polito won the 2014 gubernatorial election, defeating Democratic candidates Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan, respectively, 48.40% to 46.54%.[14]

2018 campaign[edit]

In August 2018, Baker and Polito formally launched their re-election campaign.[15] Both were successful in the Republican primary election held on September 4, 2018, with Polito running unopposed.[16] Baker and Polito faced challengers Jay Gonzalez and Quentin Palfrey of the Democratic Party in the general election. The Baker/Polito ticket defeated the Gonzales/Palfrey ticket by a margin of 1,781,341 votes to 885,770.[17]

Issues and record[edit]

Karyn Polito has been described as a socially moderate Republican who is generally conservative on most other issues.[18][19] On the Issues, a non-partisan organization that records a politician's position on issues, considers her to be a "Moderate Conservative."[20] Polito did not vote for President Donald Trump in 2016 and announced that she does not support Trump's re-election.[21]

  • Polito has supported term limits and eliminating state pensions for elected officials.[22]
  • She has been supportive of state tax cuts.[23][24]
  • She said she is proud of her pro-choice record, noting high ratings from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood.[25]
  • Polito had an A+ rating from Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL), and an A rating from the National Rifle Association.[26][27]
  • As State Representative in 2007, Polito voted yes on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman.[28] She did support same-sex civil unions.[29] In 2013, however, Polito reversed her position and expressed public support for same-sex marriage.[30]
  • Polito opposed Donald Trump's executive order to build a wall on the southern border of the United States.[31]

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]


  1. ^ a b c Karyn Polito (December 9, 2017). "Polito: Commonwealth makes inroads against opioid crisis". Worcester Sun. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Karyn E. Polito (GOP) - Candidate for Treasurer - Campaign 2010 - Boston.com". Archive.boston.com. November 2, 2010. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  3. ^ a b https://www.communityadvocate.com/2015/09/16/polito-reflects-on-a-busy-first-year-as-lieutenant-governor/
  4. ^ "Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito: Domestic violence trainings are increasing sensitivity in family court". masslive.com. August 16, 2018. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Republican Candidate For Lieutenant Governor, Karyn Polito". Radio Boston. WBUR. October 21, 2014. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  6. ^ Pennington, Juliet (March 21, 2015). "The VIP Lounge: Karyn Polito". The Boston Globe. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  7. ^ "Stephan M. Rodolakis". Fletcher Tilton.
  8. ^ Wade, Christian M. (November 6, 2018). "UPDATE: Baker, Polito poised to cinch second term at Statehouse | Other Election News". gloucestertimes.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  9. ^ "State Representative Karyn E. Polito". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved May 8, 2010.
  10. ^ "PD43+ » Search Elections". PD43+.
  11. ^ "GOP state representative Karyn Polito running for treasurer".
  12. ^ "Massachusetts - Election Results 2010 - The New York Times". elections.nytimes.com.
  13. ^ "GOP's Polito Announces Run for Lieutenant Governor". CBS Boston/AP. Retrieved December 10, 2013.
  14. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (November 5, 2014). "Republican Charlie Baker defeats Democrat Martha Coakley to win Massachusetts governor's race". masslive.com. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  15. ^ Agrella, Ronald J. (August 11, 2018). "Baker, Polito Announce Re-election Campaign". NECN.
  16. ^ "Palfrey To Face MA Lt. Gov. Polito In November". WAMC. AP. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Schoenberg, Shira (November 21, 2018). "Final 2018 Massachusetts midterm voter turnout: 60.17 percent". MassLive. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Discusses Personal Approach to Politics in Massachusetts". NBC Boston. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  19. ^ "Republican Polito To Run For Lt. Gov". www.wbur.org. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  20. ^ "Karyn Polito on the Issues". www.ontheissues.org. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  21. ^ "Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito On 2020 Election, Political Future". CBS Boston. September 20, 2019. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  22. ^ "No Pensions for Politicians". Archived from the original on October 17, 2010. Retrieved February 10, 2016.
  23. ^ Service, Michael P. Norton State House News. "State income tax cut worth $175M to Mass. workers". Salem News. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  24. ^ Reporter, By Christian M. Wade Statehouse. "Income tax rate to drop to 5%". The Andover Townsman. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  25. ^ "Lieutenant governor candidate Karyn Polito 'regrets' 2003 support for 'right to know' law backed by anti-abortion group". masslive. July 17, 2014. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  26. ^ "Avi with Karyn Polito". WRKO. October 20, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  27. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  28. ^ "S 2220 – Constitutional Amendment Defining Marriage – Key Vote". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  29. ^ "Former Gay Marriage Opponent to Officiate Massachusetts Senator's Gay Wedding". www.governing.com. Retrieved December 28, 2019.
  30. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2013/12/06/karyn-polito-same-sex-marriage-stance-angers-social-conservatives-poses-potential-problems-for-charlie-baker/kqIW1KrbEJMJPFD6ZdO74N/story.html
  31. ^ "Trump's immigration order "not something that we support," Polito says". Worcester Business Journal. February 2, 2017.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Murray
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts