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Barbara L'Italien
Barbara L'Italien.jpg
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Essex and Middlesex District
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District
2003 - 2011
ProfessionSocial Worker
Office website
Campaign website
Barbara L'Italien is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Essex and Middlesex District. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

L'Italien served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Eighteenth Essex District from 2003 to 2011.


L'Italien is a social worker. She has been a Case Manager for Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Elder Abuse Hotline Intake and Referral at the Greater Lawrence Psychological Center, and Supervisor of Case Management and Elder Abuse at West Suburban Elder Services.

L'Italien is a member of the Andona Society, Andover Service Club, Andover Youth Foundation, Andover/North Andover League of Women Voters, Asperger's Association of New England, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, L'Italien served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2015
Municipalities and Regional Government Joint, Chair
Elder Affairs Joint, Vice Chair
Intergovernmental Affairs, Vice Chair
Higher Education Joint
Health Care Financing Joint
Education Joint
Community Development and Small Businesses Joint



Campaign themes


L'Italien's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt:"As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Barbara has been a strong advocate for the disabled."


  • Excerpt:"She has been a vocal advocate for maximizing funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker and included a transportation pilot to save money by sharing routes."

Elder Services

  • Excerpt:"Barbara worked with her local Senior Centers to inform seniors about tax relief programs, fuel assistance and prescription drug coverage and personally signed people up to receive needed assistance."


  • Excerpt:"Expanding coverage is an important priority, but so too is reigning the seemingly endless increases in health insurance costs."


  • Excerpt:"With the tough economy, ensuring that individuals have the tools and resources to remain in their homes has been of great importance to Barbara."



See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election was held on September 9, 2014, and a general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was June 3, 2014. Barbara L'Italien defeated Pavel Payano and Doris Rodriguez in the Democratic primary. Alex Vispoli was unopposed in the Republican primary. L'Italien defeated Vispoli in the general election.[3]

Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex & Middlesex District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara L'Italien 49.6% 24,559
     Republican Alex Vispoli 43.4% 21,529
     None Blank Votes 6.9% 3,405
     None All Others 0.1% 64
Total Votes 49,557

Massachusetts State Senate, Second Essex & Middlesex District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara L'Italien 53.6% 6,757
Pavel Payano 36% 4,541
Doris Rodriguez 10.4% 1,306
Total Votes 12,604


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

L'Italien ran in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District. L'Italien was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was defeated by James Lyons, Jr. (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Essex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lyons, Jr. Incumbent 51.1% 11,810
     Democratic Barbara L'Italien 48.9% 11,301
Total Votes 23,111


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

L'Italien was defeated by James Lyons, Jr. (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Eighteenth Essex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Barbara L'Italien (D) 6,674
Green check mark transparent.png James Lyons, Jr. (R) 7,694


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, L'Italien won re-election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Eighteenth Essex district.[6] In this election he raised $60,485-; of that total $55,585- (91.9%) was from in state contributions, $1,625- (2.7%) was from out of state contributions, and 3,275 (5.4%) was from unknown sources.[7]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Eighteenth Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara L'Italien (D) 11,980
Lawrence Brennan (R) 8,273
All Others 9
Blanks 1,647

Campaign donors


L'Italien raised $60,485 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Barbara L'Italien $3,000
Andover Democratic Town Committee $3,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts $1,000
North Andover Democratic Town Committee $1,000
Barbara F. Lee $1,000
Mary Jane Powell $1,000


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L'Italien and her husband, Kevin, have four children.[9]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Barry Finegold (D)
Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex and Middlesex
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Essex 18
Succeeded by
James Lyons, Jr. (R)