Sean D. Bielat|
May 14, 1975
Sumter, South Carolina, U.S.
McQuaid Jesuit High School|
Harvard Kennedy School
Wharton Business School
Sean D. Bielat (born May 14, 1975) is an American businessman and Major in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. In 2010, he was the Republican candidate for United States Congress in Massachusetts's 4th congressional district, losing to the incumbent, Democrat Barney Frank.
Bielat ran against Joseph Kennedy III for the same seat in 2012, but lost.
Bielat grew up in Rochester, New York, where he attended McQuaid Jesuit High School. He currently resides with his wife, son, and daughter in Carlisle, Massachusetts. Bielat works as an independent consultant. Previously, he held a position at Bedford, Massachusetts-based iRobot Corporation, where he directed their PackBot program, a $100 million defense robotics program.
Education and military service
He holds a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Bielat served as an active duty Marine Corps officer for four years and has served in the Marine Reserve for seven years, achieving the rank of major.
During his 2010 campaign, Bielat's expressed views were mostly consistent with most Republicans. He opposes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and called for its repeal, calling the health care reform bill "very flawed" but adding that he was in favor of some sort of health care reform. Bielat opposed emissions trading ("cap-and-trade"), calling it atrocious. and is in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, the series of tax cuts that occurred during President George W. Bush's term in office. He opposed the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which was championed by his opponent, and called Frank a "key player in America's financial collapse," blaming him for promoting "much of what caused" the Great Recession. He opposes abortion, but favors same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. Unlike other Republicans, Bielat "expressed a willingness to support increased federal spending on transportation and infrastructure."
Massachusetts's 4th district was considered a "solidly Democratic" seat; the district gave Barack Obama 63 percent of the vote in the 2008 presidential election and Massachusetts United States Senator John Kerry 65 percent of the vote in his 2004 presidential election.
Bielat lost the election, receiving 43.4% of the votes to Frank's 53.9%. It was Frank's closest finish since his first campaign for Congress in 1980.
In January 2012, Bielat announced his intention to again run for the 4th district seat. Frank announced his retirement from Congress and did not seek reelection. During the 2012 campaign, Bielat was reluctant to reveal that his personal income was derived as CEO at One Click Politics, a firm that reduces citizen advocacy to clicking a message composed by Bielat's corporate clients to send to Congressmembers.
Currently, Bielat is CEO of military robotics company Endeavor Robotics. Previously, he served as the CEO of BuildQuorum. Bielat organized the company with some of his colleagues from former employer McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm in Boston.
According to CrunchBase, BuildQuorum.com was formed in 2015. BuildQuorum.com generates revenue from sponsored "messages." ('Our Business Model,') As of early 2017, BuildQuorum.com has increased its web traffic by sponsoring a Political Spectrum Quiz shared on Facebook and other social media sites.
Bielat is a member of the St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Brookline and of the Catholic fraternal service organization, the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife, Hope, have a son, Theo, and a daughter, Seraphina.
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