Timothy A. Bassett

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Timothy A. Bassett
Treasurer of Essex County, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Katherine O'Leary
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
Preceded by James J. Carrigan
Succeeded by Vincent Lozzi
Personal details
Born (1947-12-16) December 16, 1947 (age 69)
Lynn, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Salem State College
University of New Hampshire
Harvard University

Timothy A. Bassett is an American politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

Early life[edit]

Bassett was born on December 16, 1947, in Lynn, Massachusetts. He earned a B.S. degree from Salem State College, a Master's degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire, and a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University.[1]

Political career[edit]

From 1973 to 1985, Bassett was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1] He resigned from the House during his final term after he was appointed executive director of the Government Land Bank.[2] In 1996 he was elected Treasurer of Essex County.[3]

Essex Regional Retirement Board[edit]

In 1998, the position of Essex County Treasurer was abolished and Bassett became Chairman and Executive Director of the Essex Regional Retirement Board. He also worked as a lobbyist. His clients included the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, the New England Gas Workers Alliances, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.[4]

In February 2010, the Office of Campaign and Political Finance, ordered Bassett to pay $5,000 in restitution to the Essex county retirement system for using their newsletter for political purposes. In April 2010 he was fired. Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley referred Bassett's case to the Ethics Commission, which found that he had illegally used public time and facilities to further his lobbying business while he was running the Essex Regional Retirement Board. He was fined $10,000, one of the largest fines ever levied by the Ethics Commission.[4]


  1. ^ a b 1985–1986 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ "Bassett Named Head of State Land Bank". The Boston Globe. January 20, 1985. 
  3. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1996. 
  4. ^ a b Murphy, Sean P. (October 21, 2011). "Former Essex retirement chief fined: $10,000 penalty one of largest in years". The Boston Globe.