|72nd Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts|
|Assumed office |
January 8, 2015
|Preceded by||Tim Murray|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
from the 11th Worcester district
January 8, 2001 – January 8, 2011
|Preceded by||Ronald Gauch|
|Succeeded by||Matthew Beaton|
|Born||November 11, 1966|
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, U.S.
|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.
Polito sought re-election in the 2018 Massachusetts election for Lieutenant Governor with her running mate, Governor Charlie Baker, facing challengers Jay Gonzales and Quentin Palfrey of the Democratic Party. The Baker/Polito ticket won the November general election by a margin of 1,781,341 votes to 885,770 cast for the Democrats.
Education and career
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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, Massachusetts, where she resides with her husband Stephan M. Rodolakis, and their two children.
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.
Massachusetts House of Representatives
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, both in Worcester County. She held the seat for five consecutive terms, winning every election without any opposition. 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[by whom?] as the leading advocate in the bipartisan Jessica's Law being passed in the state.
2010 State Treasurer campaign
On March 1, 2010, Polito announced she would run for the office of Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts. She was unopposed in the Republican primary. She lost in the general election to Democratic candidate Steve Grossman. She received the most votes of any Republican running for office in Massachusetts in 2010.
2014 Lieutenant Governor campaign
On December 3, 2013, Polito announced her candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. The leading GOP candidate for Governor, Charlie Baker, endorsed her candidacy. 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%.
2018 Lieutenant Governor campaign
In August 2018, Baker and Polito formally launched their re-election campaign. Both were successful in the Republican primary election held on September 4, 2018, with Polito running unopposed. Polito's main opposition in the 2018 gubernatorial election is Democratic candidate Quentin Palfrey.
Issues and record
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- Polito has supported term limits and eliminating state pensions for elected officials.
- Polito has an A+ rating from Gun Owners' Action League (GOAL), the official state association of the National Rifle Association.
- As State Representative in 2007, Polito voted yes on a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. However, she now supports same-sex marriage.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2000|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2002|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||12,637||99.6|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2004|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||15,813||99.2|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2006|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||12,995||99.3|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives 11th District Election, 2008|
|Republican||Karyn Polito (inc.)||17,241||99.5|
|Massachusetts State Treasurer Election, 2010|
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| Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts