Paul Heroux

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Paul Heroux
Mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 2, 2018
Preceded by Kevin Dumas
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 2nd Bristol district
In office
January 5, 2013 – January 2, 2018
Preceded by George Ross
Succeeded by Jim Hawkins
Personal details
Born Paul Heroux
Taunton, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic Party
Residence Attleboro, Massachusetts
Alma mater Harvard School of Government - MPA in Public Administration
London School of Economics - MSc in International Relations
University of Pennsylvania -
MS in Criminology
University of Southern California -
BA in Psychology & Neuroscience
Website Campaign Website

Paul Heroux (born 1976) is an American politician who is the Mayor of Attleboro, Massachusetts. He previously served as State Representative from the Second Bristol District, elected in 2012.

Political career[edit]

Paul Heroux was first elected in November 2012 as the State Representative from the Second Bristol District, Massachusetts. Heroux won his primary with over 78% of the vote.[1] He then defeated Republican incumbent George T. Ross with over 58% of the vote.[2] Representative-elect Heroux was sworn in as freshmen representative on January 2, 2013.[3] On November 4, 2014 Paul was elected to a second term with 61% of the vote over local businessman and Tea Party member Burt Buckley.[4] Paul ran unopposed for reelection in 2016 and received 99.6% of the total votes cast for state representative.[5]

Heroux's Committee assignments as a State Representative

  • Joint Committee of Public Safety and Homeland Security
  • House Committee on Bonding, State Assetts and Capital Expenditures
  • Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse
  • Joint Committee on Children, Famlies and Persons with Disabilities
  • Joint Committee on Elder Affairs
  • Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government
  • Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development

In September 2017, Heroux came in first in a mayoral preliminary against 7 term incumbent Kevin Dumas, handing Dumas his first political defeat.[6] On the day of the election, Heroux was featured by several media outlets for being bitten by a dog the day before while campaigning for mayor, his sixth dog bite in 5 years.[7] On 7 November 2017, Heroux defeated 7 term incumbent Kevin Dumas with 54% of the vote.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Heroux was raised in Attleboro to small business drug store owners. He was awarded the 'Most Genuine' class superlative from his 1995 high school class for a complete abstinence to alcohol and drugs. Heroux holds two Ivy League master's degrees from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively, a master's from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Southern California.[9]

Writing for the Huffington Post, Heroux is known for his knowledge of crime policy, government performance measurement, mental health advocacy, and Middle East affairs. Heroux is a regular guest on RT International discussing Iran and the Middle East.[10]


  • 2018–Present Mayor, City of Attleboro
  • 2013–2018 State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • 2008–2009 Director of Research, Massachusetts Department of Correction
  • 2006–2008 Assistant to the Commissioner, Philadelphia Prison System
  • 2004–2005 Institute for Defense and Disarmament Studies
  • 2003–2003 Al Rajhi, Saudi Arabia
  • 1996–2003 Attleboro YMCA



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  10. ^ Heroux, Paul. "Paul Heroux". Huffington Post.