Steve Kerrigan

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Steve Kerrigan
Stephen Kerrigan Portrait.jpg
Chief Executive Officer of the Democratic National Convention
In office
Preceded byLeah D. Daughtry
Succeeded byAmy Dacey
Personal details
Stephen Kerrigan

Lancaster, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Domestic partnerJacob Watts
ResidenceLancaster, Massachusetts
Alma materUniversity of Maryland (B.S.)
WebsiteSteve Kerrigan for Lt. Governor

Stephen "Steve" Kerrigan is an American politician who was the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts in the 2014 election.[1]

From 2003 to 2007, Kerrigan served as Chief of Staff to Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly, and from 2009 to 2012, he was CEO of the Democratic National Convention. Kerrigan was also President of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee.

Early life and education[edit]

Kerrigan was born and raised in Lancaster, Massachusetts. His father worked as a lineman for the Massachusetts Electrical Company, and his mother served as the Mary Rowlandson Elementary School secretary.[2]

Kerrigan graduated in 1989 from St. John's High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts and went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland in 1993.[2]

Political career[edit]


For more than 10 years, Kerrigan worked in the office of Senator Ted Kennedy. Kerrigan began his work for Senator Kennedy as an intern. Once a member of the Senator's staff, Kerrigan fulfilled the roles of scheduler and constituent services director until becoming the senator’s political director, a position he maintained from 1996 to 2003. After his departure, Kerrigan maintained his relationship with the Senator and his family. In 2009 he arranged the Senator’s funeral mass in Boston.[3]

From 2003 to 2007, Kerrigan was Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas Reilly's Chief of Staff.[4] He worked on Reilly's unsuccessful 2006 gubernatorial campaign.[5]

Democratic Party[edit]

Kerrigan was chief of staff of Boston's host committee at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.[4]

Kerrigan served as the chief of staff for President Barack Obama’s first Presidential Inaugural Committee in 2008. In his role, Kerrigan managed a staff of nearly 450, a $55 million budget and an army of 17,500 volunteers to create the largest event in the history of the United States.[6]

In 2012, Kerrigan was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC). Immediately prior to joining the PIC, Kerrigan served as CEO of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. In his capacity of President and CEO, Kerrigan was responsible for supervising a National Day of Service, President Barack Obama’s swearing-in, a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue, and two official balls.[7]

Elected office[edit]

At the age of 24, Kerrigan lost his first race for the Lancaster Board of Selectmen by 26 votes. He was later appointed to the town's Finance Committee, where he served for two years. Kerrigan then served on the Lancaster Board of Selectmen from 1998 to 2001.[5]

In 2008, Kerrigan challenged incumbent Harold Naughton, Jr. for the 12th Worcester District Massachusetts House of Representatives seat. He lost 3,990 (72%) votes to 1,551 (28%).[8]

In 2017, Kerrigan announced that he would be running for the Massachusetts 3rd Congressional District seat vacated by Niki Tsongas's retirement.[9]. He dropped out of the race in February 2018 following the death of his mother.[10]

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund[edit]

Kerrigan is the current President and co-founder of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts who lost their lives in service to the United States of America since September 11, 2001.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Kerrigan currently lives in his hometown of Lancaster with his partner, Jacob Watts.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hartwell, Michael (March 4, 2013). "Kerrigan says lieutenant governor should be advocate". Sentinel & Enterprise. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Gottesman, Jan (March 29, 2013). "Kerrigan brings lifetime of experience to state race". The Item. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  3. ^ Rowland, Christopher (May 19, 2012). "A firm hand at the helm of Democrats' convention". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Morrill, Jim (September 5, 2011). "Dems' point man for Charlotte stage". Charlotte Observer. Archived from the original on July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Graham, Jonathan (April 17, 2006). "Former Lancaster selectman heads Reilly's campaign". Sentinel & Enterprise.
  6. ^ "Stephen Kerrigan". Harvard University Institute of Politics. Harvard IOP. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Brown, Lauren. "Steve Kerrigan: A Terp In Charge of the Obama Inauguration". UMD Right Now. University of Maryland. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  8. ^ "09/16/2008 State Primary" (PDF). Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Secretary of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
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  10. ^ "Steve Kerrigan dropping out of race for Tsongas' seat in Congress". The Boston Globe. February 26, 2018. Retrieved September 4, 2018.
  11. ^ "Board of Directors". Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. Archived from the original on November 1, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2013.
  12. ^ "Massachusetts lieutenant governor's office draws interest from political operative Steve Kerrigan, research center head Mike Lake". MassLive. MassLive. Retrieved November 9, 2013.