Joseph McKenna

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Joseph McKenna
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Worcester District
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 0
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sBentley University
ProfessionLegislative staffer
Office website
Campaign website
Joseph D. McKenna is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Eighteenth Worcester District. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Campaign themes


McKenna's website highlighted the following campaign themes:


​ ​Early in 2013, the Democrat-dominated Massachusetts Legislature passed $500 million in new taxes; $1 per pack of cigarettes, 3 cents per gallon on the gas tax, and a targeted tax on computer services. Thanks to much hard work, the legislature came to its senses and quickly repealed the tech tax. I've been working on efforts to repeal language within the gas tax that allows it to automatically increase every year. It is wrong to have an automatic tax that our legislators don't vote on.

The Economy​
​ Everyone remembers the economic downturn of the mid 2000's. That led to a lengthy recession that persists today. A recession that has negatively impacted individuals, businesses, and the government alike. I understand that one of the major roles of government is to create an environment in which private industry can thrive and grow. We have too much burdensome regulation and government oversight stifling economic activity as it is, we certainly don't need any more.


Unemployment in the Commonwealth continues to hover around 7%. This means that far too many people are not able to find work to provide for their families. While I can't hire everyone, I am committed to cut down some of the government overregulation that stifles economic growth and job creation. We need to do better to support our neighborhood small businesses, the best employers we have.

​ I am a product of Massachusetts' public schools and am a strong believer that our teachers are the true unsung heroes of our communities. Our legislature must continue to support our schools, from preschools through our state colleges and universities. Providing a core education is a primary role of any government and I am committed to supporting the work of our school teachers and administrators.

Local Aid​
​ I believe that our cities and towns are most effective at spending tax dollars. The towns know what is most important to them and their citizens, and can most effectively direct money where it is needed. I will do everything in my power to protect and in fact increase local aid funding.

The Second Amendment​
​ I'm a proud supporter of the second amendment and am a gun owner myself. This is a right that is protected by the constitution, and I feel that most gun control measures do nothing to prevent crime; they simply penalize law abiding citizens. We need measures to prevent crime and curb violence, not take guns away.

​ Minimizing the number of people who are uninsured is a laudable goal, but Obama-care is a bad policy. When there is a broad mandate it has unintended consequences, and Obama care has failed. It drives costs up for everyone, especially small businesses, and forces insurance companies to change the plans offered and who is covered and is bringing us dangerously close to a socialized system of healthcare that is not healthy for the Country.

Our Growing Drug Problem

We have a growing drug problem and it really is very sad. We must reframe the conversation to treatment and rehabilitation rather than prosecution. Incarceration is not only expensive, but it too often fails the individual who does not get rehabilitative treatment. It is more efficient to use limited resources to try and truly help these individuals. Some of the avenues we have include drug courts, and more beds in treatment centers.[1][2]



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. Mark Dowgiewicz defeated Dave Cortese and Brenda Ennis in the Democratic primary. Joseph McKenna defeated Charles Arakelian and Jesse Limanek in the Republican primary. McKenna defeated Dowgiewicz in the general election.[3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Worcester District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McKenna 60.1% 7,809
     Democratic Mark Dowgiewicz 39.9% 5,187
Total Votes 12,996
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Worcester District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Dowgiewicz 44.5% 847
David Cortese 32.7% 622
Brenda Ennis 22.9% 436
Total Votes 1,905
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Worcester District Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McKenna 56.2% 856
Jesse Limanek 30.4% 463
Charles Arakelian 13.3% 203
Total Votes 1,522


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  1. Committee to Elect Joseph McKenna, "Issues," accessed August 16, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  3. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ryan Fattman (R)
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Worcester
Succeeded by