John Lawn

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John Lawn
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Massachusetts House Tenth Middlesex District
In office
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 electedMay 10, 2011 special election
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionSmall business owner
Office website
John Lawn is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Tenth Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in the May 10, 2011 special election. Lawn filled the vacancy created when Peter Koutoujian (D) resigned to take a position as interim Middlesex County Sheriff.

Lawn served as a District Councilor.


Lawn earned a degree in Political Science and Sociology from Merrimack College. His professional experience includes working as the owner of Charles River Real Estate.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2015
Financial Services Joint, Vice Chair


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Financial Services Joint
Housing Joint
Public Service Joint, Vice chair


Campaign themes


Lawn's 2011 special election campaign site highlighted the following campaign themes:

  • John's Approach to Solving Problems: "As your State Representative, my door will always be open to you. I will meet regularly in the community to hear your concerns. I will never forget that the role of our government is to provide a quality of life that works for everyone - a common sense approach for the common good."
  • For Our Kids: "For me, making sure our schools are the best is more than campaign rhetoric; it's personal. When I look at my five children, I see the impact good schools have in shaping the lives of our kids. Growing up in our neighborhoods, I want the next generation to have every opportunity possible, and I that begins with the best education we can give them."
  • For Our Seniors: "My parents raised me in this community, a community we call home. Now my mother faces new challenges as she enters her golden years. It is up to me to be there for her as she was there for me. All our seniors deserve the support and security to remain in their homes during their golden years. We owe it to them."
  • For Main Street & A Stronger Economy: "Most small business owners I've met tell me they feel like all the attention goes to 'Big Business', whether it's downtown Boston or on Wall Street. Not enough support is given to the local businesses who contribute to our community. Job creation, stability and future economic growth for the local business must become a priority. As your next State Rep, I will work with the local business owners to help our neighborhoods grow and prosper."



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 John Lawn was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.[2]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Lawn won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Tenth Middlesex District. Lawn was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated Francis Xavier Stanton, III (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Tenth Middlesex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Lawn Incumbent 76% 10,479
     Republican Francis Stanton, III 24% 3,310
Total Votes 13,789


See also: State legislative special elections, 2011

Lawn defeated James Dixon (R) in the special election on May 10, 2011.[5][6]


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Lawn and his wife, Shannon, have five children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Peter Koutoujian (D)
Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 10
2011 - present
Succeeded by