|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Suffolk District|
|2011 - 2014|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
Henriquez was sentenced to six months in prison for assault and battery stemming from a July 2012 incident involving a woman he was dating. Calls for his resignation followed the conviction, but Henriquez insisted on his innocence throughout disciplinary proceedings.
Henriquez's professional experience includes working as a community organizer.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Henriquez served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Ways and Means|
|• Education Joint|
|• Judiciary Joint|
|• Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint|
|• Ways and Means Joint|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Henriquez served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Education Joint|
|• Judiciary Joint|
|• Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint|
Henriquez won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Suffolk District. Henriquez was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Althea Garrison (I) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Suffolk District, General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Carlos Henriquez Incumbent||78.2%||9,179|
Henriquez won election to the Fifth Suffolk seat in 2010. He defeated Althea Garrison, Barry Lawton and Roy Owens in the September 14 Democratic primary. He faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Fifth Suffolk District (2010)|
|Carlos Henriquez (D)||5,332|
In 2010, Henriquez raised $17,042 in contributions.
He contributed the most to his campaign, $5,726.
Assault and battery charges
On July 9, 2012, local authorities arrested Henriquez on domestic kidnapping and witness intimidation charges, stating that he could eventually be charged with assault. Katherine Gonzalves, whom Henriquez was dating at the time, accused him of holding her in his car against her will, and claimed that Henriquez punched her when she attempted to leave. He was let free after posting a $1,000 cash bail, and pleaded not guilty in Roxbury District Court. Prosecutors eventually dropped the kidnapping charge.
On January 15, 2014, Henriquez was convicted of two counts of assault and battery, and was acquitted on a third count of assault and battery, and single charges of larceny under $250 and witness intimidation. He was sentenced to two and a half years in the Middlesex County House of Correction with all but six months suspended. Stephanie Soriano-Mills, Henriquez's attorney, said an appeal was likely. Republicans, including fellow Rep. Elizabeth Poirier, called on Henriquez to resign his seat. House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D) suggested that Henriquez consider resigning, and that if Henriquez did not, he could recommend disciplinary action to the Ethics Committee.
Henriquez appeared before the House Ethics Committee on February 4, 2014. In a secret meeting that lasted over six hours, the committee voted to recommend Henriquez's expulsion, citing a violation of a House rule that prohibits activities that impede and conflict with one's "independence of judgment." This marked the third time since his conviction that Henriquez was called before the committee.
The week before the meeting, Henriquez requested a six-month leave of absence, something not provided for by the House rules or the state constitution. Darnell Williams, president of the Urban League of Western Massachusetts, criticized the request as being disrespectful to Henriquez's constituents.
The day after the Ethics Committee recommended his expulsion, Henriquez issued a public statement through his Twitter account. In the statement, Henriquez continued to maintain his innocence, saying that being judged by "an all-white jury can raise doubts about fairness."
Two days after the recommendation, the House voted 146-5 to expel Henriquez after over an hour of debate, during which Henriquez took the floor for six minutes to proclaim his innocence and refuse to resign. This marked the first time since 1977 that a Massachusetts legislator in either chamber had been expelled, and the first time since 1916 that a state representative had been voted out. Rep. Russell Holmes (D) offered an amendment to instead censure Henriquez, which was voted down 143-10.
Henriquez was released from prison the morning of April 30, 2014. Rumors had been circulating of an impending run to retake the Fifth Suffolk seat in the Massachusetts House, but Henriquez did not file for election by the filing deadline, having decided against it. Henriquez continued to maintain his innocence, saying that he would go forward with an appeal. Henriquez cited his incarceration in calling for criminal justice reform, charging Massachusetts with "putting men and women in small concrete rooms offering them some programs but then sending them back to the same set of circumstances a lot worse."
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- Office website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- Carlos Henriquez on Facebook
- Carlos Henriquez on Twitter
- Boston Globe, "House votes to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez, Dorchester lawmaker convicted of assault on woman," February 6, 2014
- State House News Service, "State Rep. sentenced to jail in assault case," January 15, 2014 (dead link)
- Associated Press, "Mass. House votes to expel Rep. Henriquez," February 6, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2012 State Primary Results," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 6, 2012," accessed February 13, 2014
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
- Boston Herald, "Shock as Boston rep arrested in domestic assault," accessed July 10, 2012
- Boston Herald, "Rep. Henriquez launches defense via social media," accessed July 10, 2012
- boston.com, "Kidnapping charge dropped against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, other charges still pending," September 20, 2012
- Boston Globe, "Rep. Carlos Henriquez sentenced to six months behind bars for assaulting Arlington woman," January 15, 2014
- Associated Press, "Ethics committee votes to expel jailed Mass. rep," February 4, 2014
- State House News Service, "Rep. Henriquez Asserts Innocence, Knocks Colleagues," February 5, 2014
- The Boston Globe, "State Rep. Henriquez ponders future while in jail," February 2, 2014
- Boston Herald, "Henriquez seeks jail-term leave," February 1, 2014
- Scribd, "Public Statement by Carlos Henriquez," February 5, 2014
- Associated Press, "Jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez releases public statement defending himself," February 5, 2014
- MassLive.com, House of Representatives votes to expel jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez," February 6, 2014
- MassLive.com, "Expelled state Rep. Carlos Henriquez out of jail, did not submit paperwork for fall election," accessed April 30, 2014
- MassLive.com, "Out of jail, expelled former State Rep. Carlos Henriquez mulls his future," May 1, 2014
Marie St. Fleur (D)
|Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Suffolk District
| Succeeded by|
Evandro C. Carvalho (D)
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