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John Keenan (State Senate)

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John Keenan
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Massachusetts State Senate, Norfolk and Plymouth District
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Quincy City Council
Bachelor'sHarvard University, 1986
J.D.Suffolk University Law School
Place of birthQuincy, Massachusetts
Office website
Campaign website
John F. Keenan is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Norfolk and Plymouth district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Keenan earned his B.A. in Government Concentration with honors from Harvard University in 1986, and J.D. from Suffolk University Law School in 1989. Keenan's professional experience includes working as a litigator and public defender, and interning for former Representative Michael Morrissey and a former Attorney General. Keenan is admitted to practice law in all Massachusetts state courts, the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, Vice-chair
Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities Joint
Financial Services Joint
Judiciary Joint
Public Health Joint, Chair
Revenue Joint
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint
Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy Joint, Yes


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Keenan served on these committees:



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 John Keenan was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Leslie Gosule was unopposed in the Republican primary. Keenan defeated Gosule in the general election.[1]

Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk & Plymouth District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Keenan Incumbent 61.5% 32,679
     Republican Leslie Gosule 31.6% 16,786
     None Blank Votes 6.7% 3,569
     None All Others 0.1% 72
Total Votes 53,106


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Keenan won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk and Plymouth District. Keenan was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


On November 2, 2010, Keenan won the election to the Massachusetts State Senate in the Norfolk and Plymouth District, defeating Daniel Dewey (R) and Laura Innis (I).

Massachusetts State Senate - Norfolk and Plymouth District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Keenan (D) 29,982
Daniel Dewey (R) 18,582
Laura Innis (I) 5,152
All Others 75
Blanks 4,876

Campaign donors


In 2012, Keenan received $45,107 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Keenan (State Senate)'s campaign in 2012
Utility Workers Local 369$1,500
Hopkins, Charles$1,000
Boston Police Patrolmens Association$1,000
Massachusetts Psychiatric Society$1,000
Quirk, Daniel J$750
Total Raised in 2012 $$45,107


In 2010, Keenan raised $92,170 in contributions.[5]

His five largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $9,304
Keenan, John F $5,500
Mahoney, Kathryn $1,000
Koch, Joseph $1,000
Koch, Thomas $1,000


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Keenan and his wife, Jeanne Marie, have three children.

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Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Norfolk and Plymouth
Succeeded by