James Lyons, Jr.

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James Lyons, Jr.
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Essex District
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sBrandeis University
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionRoman Catholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
James Lyons, Jr. is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Eighteenth Essex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Lyons' professional experience includes owning and operating a retail flower and ice cream business.

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Lyons' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

The 5-5-5 Tax Rollback

  • Excerpt:"It’s time to roll back the Income Tax hike to its traditional 5% rate."

Increasing Local Aid

  • Excerpt:"Steady advocacy for Local Aid protects working families who pay the bulk of property taxes. Local Aid supports our community budgets, preserves Proposition 2 and 1/2, and caps our property taxes."

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Lyons served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Global Warming and Climate Change
Higher Education Joint
Public Health Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lyons served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Massachusetts House of Representatives 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. Incumbent James Lyons, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election.[2]

2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lyons won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District. Lyons was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and defeated Barbara L'Italien (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

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

2010

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Lyons won election to the Eighteenth Essex seat in 2010. He defeated John Thorlin in the September 14 Republican primary. He defeated Barbara L'Italien (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[5]

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

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Lyons is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Lyons raised a total of $120,825 during that time period. This information was last updated on December 14, 2013.[6]

James Lyons, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts House, Eighteenth Essex Won $76,029
2010 Massachusetts House, Eighteenth Essex Won $44,796
Grand Total Raised $120,825

2012

Lyons won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2012. During that election cycle, Lyons raised a total of $76,029.
Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to James Lyons, Jr.'s campaign in 2012
Marlboro Republican City Committee$5,000
MA Republican PAC$3,000
Marlborough Republican Party$2,450
Massachusetts Republican Party$2,000
Massachusetts Independent PAC for Working Families$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$76,029
Source:Follow the Money

2010

In 2010, Lyons raised $44,796 in contributions.[7]

No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

  • Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating economically conservative policy.

2013

  • Legislators are scored on environmental issues.

2011-2012

  • Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization of employers.
  • Legislators are scored on environmental issues.
  • Legislators are scored on votes on issues including health care costs, consumer protection, recycling, transportation and democracy.

Personal

Lyons and his wife, Bernadette, have two children.

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References

Political offices
Preceded by
Barbara L'Italien
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District
2011–present
Succeeded by
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