Carlos Henriquez

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Carlos Henriquez
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Suffolk District
Former member
In office
2011 - 2014
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionCommunity Organizer/Legislator
Office website
Carlos Henriquez is a former Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Fifth Suffolk district from 2011 to 2014. He was expelled from the chamber on February 6, 2014, immediately vacating his seat.[1]

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.[2][3]


Henriquez's professional experience includes working as a community organizer.

Committee assignments


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:



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

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.[4][5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Fifth Suffolk District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarlos Henriquez Incumbent 78.2% 9,179
     Independent Althea Garrison 21.8% 2,564
Total Votes 11,743


See also: Minnesota House of Representatives elections, 2010

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.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Fifth Suffolk District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carlos Henriquez (D) 5,332

Campaign donors


In 2010, Henriquez raised $17,042 in contributions.[7]

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.[8][9] Prosecutors eventually dropped the kidnapping charge.[10]


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.[11][2]

Disciplinary action

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.[12][13]

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.[14][15]

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."[16][17]

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.[18][3]

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."[19][20]

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  1. Boston Globe, "House votes to expel Rep. Carlos Henriquez, Dorchester lawmaker convicted of assault on woman," February 6, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 State House News Service, "State Rep. sentenced to jail in assault case," January 15, 2014 (dead link)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Associated Press, "Mass. House votes to expel Rep. Henriquez," February 6, 2014
  4. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2012 State Primary Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  5. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 6, 2012," accessed February 13, 2014
  6. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 2, 2010," accessed February 13, 2014
  7. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  8. Boston Herald, "Shock as Boston rep arrested in domestic assault," accessed July 10, 2012
  9. Boston Herald, "Rep. Henriquez launches defense via social media," accessed July 10, 2012
  10., "Kidnapping charge dropped against Rep. Carlos Henriquez, other charges still pending," September 20, 2012
  11. Boston Globe, "Rep. Carlos Henriquez sentenced to six months behind bars for assaulting Arlington woman," January 15, 2014
  12. Associated Press, "Ethics committee votes to expel jailed Mass. rep," February 4, 2014
  13. State House News Service, "Rep. Henriquez Asserts Innocence, Knocks Colleagues," February 5, 2014
  14. The Boston Globe, "State Rep. Henriquez ponders future while in jail," February 2, 2014
  15. Boston Herald, "Henriquez seeks jail-term leave," February 1, 2014
  16. Scribd, "Public Statement by Carlos Henriquez," February 5, 2014
  17. Associated Press, "Jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez releases public statement defending himself," February 5, 2014
  18., House of Representatives votes to expel jailed state Rep. Carlos Henriquez," February 6, 2014
  19., "Expelled state Rep. Carlos Henriquez out of jail, did not submit paperwork for fall election," accessed April 30, 2014
  20., "Out of jail, expelled former State Rep. Carlos Henriquez mulls his future," May 1, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Marie St. Fleur (D)
Massachusetts House of Representatives Fifth Suffolk District
Succeeded by
Evandro C. Carvalho (D)