James Lyons, Jr.
|James Lyons, Jr.|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Essex District|
|2011 - present|
|January 7, 2015|
|Years in position||3|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
Lyons' professional experience includes owning and operating a retail flower and ice cream business.
Lyons' website highlighted the following campaign themes:
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."
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|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Lyons served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Community Development and Small Business Joint|
|• Housing Joint|
|• State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint|
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.
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Essex District, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||James Lyons, Jr. Incumbent||51.1%||11,810|
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.
|Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Eighteenth Essex District (2010)|
|Barbara L'Italien (D)||6,674|
|James Lyons, Jr. (R)||7,694|
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.
|James Lyons, Jr.'s Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Massachusetts House, Eighteenth Essex||$76,029|
|2010||Massachusetts House, Eighteenth Essex||$44,796|
|Grand Total Raised||$120,825|
2012Lyons 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|
In 2010, Lyons raised $44,796 in contributions.
No contributions to his campaign were of $1,000 or more.
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Lyons and his wife, Bernadette, have two children.
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- House website
- Campaign website
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2010
- James Lyon on Facebook
- James Lyons on Twitter
- James Lyons on LinkedIn
- "jimlyons," Official Campaign Website
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 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, "Lyons Jr, James J," accessed December 14, 2013
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
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