|Massachusetts State Senate, Second Middlesex and Norfolk|
|2004 - present|
|January 3, 2017|
|Years in position||11|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Massachusetts House of Representatives|
|Bachelor's||Cornell University, 1975|
|J.D.||Northeastern University School of Law, 1980|
|Date of birth||January 11, 1953|
|Place of birth||New York City, New York|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Scorecards
- 6 Personal
- 7 Controversies
- 8 Recent news
- 9 See also
- 10 External links
- 11 References
Spilka was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. She was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.
She served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2001 to 2004. She was also a member, vice-chair, and chair of the Ashland School Committee; and served on the Democratic Town Committee. Spilka has served on a number of non-legislative committees, including the Ashland Charter Review Committee, Ashland Fiscal Affairs Committee, Ashland Personnel Board, MetroWest Workforce Development, and Taskforce Steering Committee.
Spilka earned her bachelor's degree from Cornell University in 1975, and J.D. from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1980. Spilka's professional experience includes working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Office of Employee Relations and the Senior Counsel of the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority; and as an arbitrator/mediator/fact finder and attorney.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Spilka served on the following committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Ethics and Rules|
|• Steering and Policy|
|• Rules Joint|
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Spilka served on these committees:
|Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2011|
|• Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint, Chair|
|• Ethics and Rules, Vice-chair|
|• Global Warming and Climate Change|
|• Revenue Joint|
|• Rules Joint, Vice-chair|
|• Transportation Joint|
|• Ways and Means|
|• Ways and Means Joint|
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Spilka served on these committees:
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 Karen Spilka was unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.
Spilka was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts. The election was held to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Markey (D) who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the June 25th election for John Kerry's vacant seat after his appointment as Secretary of State. She was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.
|U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013|
|John Paul Maisano||2.2%||1,520|
|Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division|
Spilka won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Second Middlesex and Norfolk District. Spilka was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
Spilka won re-election to the Second Middlesex and Norfolk District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Edward McGrath ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk District|
|Karen Spilka (D)||34,499|
|Edward McGrath (R)||23,707|
On November 4, 2008, Spilka won re-election to the state senate in the Second Middlesex and Norfolk district. In this election she raised $55,955-; of that total $54,626- (97.7%) was from in state contributions and $1,275- (2.3%) was from out of state contributions.
|Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex and Norfolk district|
|Karen Spilka (D)||57,006|
Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.
In 2010, Spilka received $128,490 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.
|Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Karen Spilka's campaign in 2010|
|Massachusetts Democratic Party||$1,500|
|Retired Public Employees||$1,000|
|Massachusetts Association Of Realtors||$800|
|Commercial Real Estate Development Association||$750|
|Total Raised in 2010||$128,490|
In 2008 Karen Spilka collected $55,955 in donations.
Her three largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Massachusetts Psychiatric Society||$1,000|
|Retired Public Employees||$1,000|
|Boston Police Patrolmen's Association||$1,000|
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- Massachusetts Fiscal Alliance: 2013-2014 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization advocating economically conservative policy.
- Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters: 2013 Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on environmental issues.
- Associated Industries of Massachusetts: 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard
- Legislators are scored on bills of interest to an organization of employers.
- Mass Audubon: 2011-2012 Report Card
- Legislators are scored on environmental issues.
- Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group 2011-2012 Public Interest Research Group
- Legislators are scored on votes on issues including health care costs, consumer protection, recycling, transportation and democracy.
Karen Spilka was born in New York City, New York and raised in Ashland, Massachusetts. She is currently married to Joel Spilka with three children. Spilka has been involved with a number of organizations, including the Ashland Education Foundation, the Boston Bar Association, the Framingham Court Mediation Program, Framingham English as a Second Language Fund Committee, Framingham League of Women Voters, Industrial Relations Research Association, Labor Guild, Massachusetts Bar Association, MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, MetroWest Economic Research Center, Framingham State College, MetroWest English as a Second Language Fund, MetroWest School to Career Steering Committee-Keefe Tech, MetroWest Young Mens Christian Association (YMCA), South Middlesex Association for Retarded Citizens, and the Tyler Hamilton Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.
Hiding party affiliations
According to a Boston Herald article, Spilka has sent mailings to voters that do not list her party affiliation. The mailing reportedly says Spilka hopes to become the "next state senator," despite having served in office since 2004. He campaign officials said they are "running as if we're running for the first time." Spilka's opponent said people don't care about a candidate's party, but rather, "whether you're an incumbent or a challenger."
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- Massachusetts State Senate
- Senate Committees
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- Spilka's website
- Office website
- Profile from Open States
- Project Vote Smart policies
- Project Vote Smart senator biography
- Campaign Contributions: 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
- Spilka's Facebook
- State Surge profile - legislative and voting track record (timed out)
- WBUR "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid" accessed June 27, 2013
- WCVB TV, "Massachusetts' 5th congressional primary results," accessed October 15, 2013
- Project Vote Smart - Senator Spilka
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "2014 State Primary Candidates," accessed September 9, 2014
- Boston.com, "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," January 28, 2013
- The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
- Framingham Patch, "15th Labor Union Endorses Sen. Spilka for Congress" accessed August 7, 2013
- 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
- 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, Official 2012 Primary Results
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed March 18, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed December 29, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 Contributions," accessed December 31, 2014
- 2008 contributors to Karen Spilka
- Boston Herald, "Identity crisis hits Democrats" October 19, 2010
- Metro West Daily News, "Many candidates leave party affiliation off literature" October 16, 2010
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