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Massachusetts Senate Norfolk and Plymouth

The Senate is comprised of 40 members, with each Senator elected to represent a district of approximately 159,000 people and each elected for a two-year term. As required by the Massachusetts Constitution, the Senate meets year-round in either formal or informal session to consider legislation. The Massachusetts Senate is led by the President of the Senate who is elected by the members of the body at the beginning of each two-year legislative session. Base salary for each Senator is approximately $66,256

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  • John F. Keenan

Biographical Information

State your relevant background.

What are your top two legislative priorities for the next session, and why?

Coping with COVID-19 has resulted in decreased state revenues and increased expenses in unexpected areas. Name two specific steps the state should take to balance the budget.

How is climate change impacting your district? How do you plan to address it?

What would you do to eliminate systemic racism in Massachusetts? In particular, what steps would you take to prevent police violence and promote fairness within the justice system?

Massachusetts State Senator, January 2011 to present Quincy City Councilor at Large, 2003 - 2012 Executive Director, Norfolk County Retirement System, 2001-2011 Chief of Staff, Quincy Mayor James Sheets, 1997-2001 Attorney, December 1989 to present

Harvard Kennedy School, Masters in Public Administration, May 2019 Suffolk University Law School, Juris Doctorate, May 1989 Harvard University, Bachelors Degree, Government Concentration, June 1986

I will continue to advocate for essential funding for the communities in my district, targeted towards supporting education, public safety, libraries, senior services, veterans' services, and essential infrastructure.

Health care, mental health, and public health, with a focus on substance use, have been and will continue to be priorities of mine in the next session.
The state should draw on its approximately $3.5 billion stabilization account to help balance the budget, and should actively engage with its federal elected officials to secure essential federal funding.

Rising sea levels and strong storms threaten the communities in my district, particularly the City of Quincy with its 27 miles of coastline. I will continue working to secure funds for resiliency work, including the repair and construction of sea walls. For all communities, I will continue working to secure local aid for public safety departments, emergency management, and departments of public works.

I have and will continue to support 2050 net zero emissions legislation.
I played an active role in the recent passage of police reform legislation by the State Senate, which calls for uniform standards in the hiring, training, in-service education, use of force, certification/de-certification of police officers, required officer reporting of excessive force, establishing pattern or practice review, and disciplining of officers.

I will continue to advocate for funding of the recently passed Student Opportunity Act, which provides equalized school funding.