|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
from the 12th Bristol district
|Assumed office |
September 22, 2011
|Preceded by||Stephen Canessa|
September 8, 1967
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
|Education||Smith College (BA)|
Keiko Matsudo Orrall is an American politician who is currently a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 12th Bristol district. Her district includes Berkley, Ward 3 - Precinct B and Ward 4 in Taunton, Lakeville, and Precincts 2, 4 and 5 of Middleborough. On February 13, 2018, she announced that she would not seek reelection and instead run for Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In doing so, she became the first Asian-American woman to seek constitutional office in Massachusetts.
Early life and career
Orrall is the granddaughter of Japanese, Irish, and German immigrants. Two of her uncles served in the 442nd Infantry Regiment of the US Army during World War II and were awarded Purple Hearts.
Orrall was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and is one of five children. She graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. While attending Smith, she met her husband, Norman, who was studying at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Keiko and Norman have 2 grown children and currently reside in Lakeville, MA.
In June 2011, Stephen Canessa announced that he was resigning his position as representative in the 12th Bristol district. A special election was scheduled to fill his seat for the remainder of the term. Orrall ran against Lakeville Selectman Derek Maksy in the Republican primary, defeating him with 59% of the vote. Orrall faced Middleborough Democrat Roger Brunelle in the special general election, and defeated him with 54% of the vote.
On February 13, 2018, Orrall announced her candidacy for Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Orrall will face incumbent Democrat Deb Goldberg in the General Election.
Orrall currently serves on the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology, and the Joint Committee on Export Development. Orrall has been vocal against a proposal for a tribal casino plan for a location in East Taunton, Massachusetts. She has consistently called for more compensation to surrounding communities to mitigate the impact of the casino, especially on those towns she currently represents. Orrall has also played a role in the issues surrounding the water levels in Lakeville's Assawompset Pond Complex.
Orrall has been viewed as a bipartisan lawmaker who works with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
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