Joan Lovely

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Joan Lovely
Joan Lovely.jpg
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Essex District
In office
January 5, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Salem City Council
1998 - 2013
High schoolBeverly High School
Bachelor'sSalem State University
J.D.Massachusetts School of Law
Office website
Joan B. Lovely is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Essex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Lovely served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2015
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint, Chair
Municipalities and Regional Government Joint, Vice Chair
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint, Vice Chair
Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Joint, Vice Chair
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint
Public Health Joint


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development and Small Business Joint
Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Joint
Election Laws Joint
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint, Chair
Public Health Joint
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint
Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint, Vice chair


Campaign themes


Lovely's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]


  • Excerpt: "Massachusetts has already voted to establish casino gaming in our state. Joan will support efforts to ensure that."

Domestic Violence

  • Excerpt: "Joan supports District Attorney Jon Blodgett’s public awareness and enforcement efforts to reduce domestic violence and will support state funding for those programs that aid victims of domestic violence."

Education & Schools

  • Excerpt: "Joan strongly supports our local public schools and will fight for the state funds needed to help build new schools and to provide the necessary resources for quality education at all levels K-12."


  • Excerpt: "Joan will work with Mayors Bettencourt and Driscoll in a concerted effort to resolve the flooding problems once and for all."

Healthcare Costs

  • Excerpt: "Joan is concerned about the rising costs of health care and health care insurance and will support legislation and state policies that reduce and contain those increasing costs"



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. Incumbent Joan B. Lovely was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.[2]


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Lovely won election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate District Second Essex District. She defeated Mary-Ellen Manning, John P. Slattery, and Edward J. Carroll in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Richard Jolitz (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Massachusetts State Senate, Second Essex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoan B. Lovely 70.8% 56,088
     Republican Richard Jolitz 29.2% 23,185
Total Votes 79,273
Massachusetts State Senate, Second Essex District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoan Lovely 50.4% 7,452
John Slattery 29.9% 4,422
Mary-Ellen Manning 17.7% 2,615
Edward Carroll 2.1% 311
Total Votes 14,800

Campaign donors


In 2012, Lovely received $204,657 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joan Lovely's campaign in 2012
Lovely, Joan$98,318
Allen, Barbara$500
Singleton, Danielle$500
Costello Jr, Walter A$500
Restuccia, Lillian$500
Total Raised in 2012 $$204,657


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  • Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating economically conservative policy.===2013===
  • Legislators are scored on environmental issues.



In 2012, Lovely's endorsements included the following:

  • Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Political Action Committee[6]


Lovely and her husband, Stephen, have three children.[7]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Frederick Berry (D)
Massachusetts State Senate Second Essex
Succeeded by