Katherine Clark

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Katherine Clark
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U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 5
In office
December 12, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 1
PredecessorEd Markey (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionDecember 10, 2013
First electedDecember 10, 2013
Next primarySeptember 9, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts State Senate, Fifth Middlesex District
January 5, 2011 - December 11, 2013[1]
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Bachelor'sSaint Lawrence University, 1985
Master'sKennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1997
J.D.Cornell Law School, 1989
BirthdayJuly 17, 1963
Place of birthNew Haven, Connecticut
ProfessionGeneral Counsel, Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services
Office website
Personal website
Katherine M. Clark (b. July 17, 1963, in New Haven, Connecticut) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District. Clark was first elected to the House in 2013.

Clark won election to the U.S. House from Massachusetts for the seat vacated by Ed Markey. She defeated Peter Koutoujian, Karen Spilka, Will Brownsberger, Carl Sciortino, Martin Long and Paul John Maisano in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[2][3] She won election to the seat in the election on December 10, 2013.[4]

Clark served in the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Fifth Middlesex district from 2011 to 2013. Clark also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Thirty-Second Middlesex district from 2008 to 2011.


Clark earned her B.A. from St. Lawrence University, M.P.A. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and J.D. from Cornell Law School. Her professional experience includes working as General Counsel of the Massachusetts Office of Child Care Services, Prosecutor for the Colorado Attorney General's Office and Federal Court Clerk for the Honorable Alfred A. Arraj.

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Clark serves on the following committees:[5][6][7]


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight, Vice-chair
Steering and Policy, Chair
Judiciary Joint, Chair
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Joint, Vice-chair
Public Health Joint
Public Safety and Homeland Security Joint


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


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Clark served on these committees:

Key votes

113th Congress


The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session.[8] For more information pertaining to Clark's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]


Farm bill

Voted "No" On January 29, 2014, the U.S. House approved the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, H.R. 2642, known as the Farm Bill.[10] The bill passed by a vote of 251-166. The nearly 1,000-page bill provides for the reform and continuation of agricultural and other programs of the Department of Agriculture through 2018. The $1 trillion bill expanded crop insurance for farmers by $7 billion over the next decade and created new subsidies for rice and peanut growers that would kick in when prices drop.[11][12] However, cuts to the food stamp program cut an average of $90 per month for 1.7 million people in 15 states.[12] Clark voted with 102 other Democratic representatives against the bill.

2014 Budget

Voted "Yes" On January 15, 2014, the Republican-run House approved H.R. 3547, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through September 30, 2014.[13][14] The House voted 359-67 for the 1,582 page bill, with 64 Republicans and three Democrats voting against the bill.[14] The omnibus package included 12 annual spending bills to fund federal operations.[15] It included a 1% increase in the paychecks of federal workers and military personnel, a $1 billion increase in Head Start funding for early childhood education, reduced funding to the Internal Revenue Service and the Environmental Protection Agency and protected the Affordable Care Act from any drastic cuts. Clark joined with the majority of the Democratic party and voted in favor of the bill.[13][14]


On The Issues Vote Match

Katherine Clark's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of all Congressional members based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Clark is a Liberal Populist. Clark received a score of 58 percent on personal issues and 19 percent on economic issues.[16]

On The Issues organization logo.
On The Issues Vote Quiz
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Strongly Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Unknown
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Opposes Human needs over animal rights Strongly Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Opposes
Support & expand free trade Unknown Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Favors
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Strongly Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Strongly Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Favors Stay out of Iran Unknown
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Unknown
Note: Information last updated in 2014.[16]



See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Clark was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[2] 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.[17][18]

She defeated Peter Koutoujian, Karen Spilka, Will Brownsberger, Carl Sciortino, Martin Long and Paul John Maisano in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[3] She defeated Frank Addivinola (R), James Hall and James Aulenti in the general election on December 10, 2013.[19][3]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 General Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 66% 40,303
     Republican Frank Addivinola 31.6% 19,328
     Independent James Aulenti 1.6% 996
     Justice, Peace, Security Party James Hall 0.7% 452
Total Votes 61,079
Source: Results via Massachusetts Elections Division
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 31.6% 21,983
Peter Koutoujian 22% 15,303
Carl Sciortino 16% 11,160
Will Brownsberger 14.6% 10,163
Karen Spilka 13.1% 9,088
John Paul Maisano 2.2% 1,520
Martin Long 0.6% 398
Total Votes 69,615
Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Clark won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex District. Clark was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[20][21]


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Clark won election to the Massachusetts State Senate, Middlesex and Essex District, defeating Craig Spadafora (R).

Massachusetts State Senate - Middlesex and Essex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katherine Clark (D) 30,492
Craig Spadafora (R) 27,790
All Others 58
Blanks 2,863


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Clark won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirty-second Middlesex, unopposed.[22]

Clark raised $58,795 for her campaign.[23]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Thirty-second Middlesex (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Katherine Clark (D) 16,569
All Others 276
Blanks 3,274

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Clark raised $366,028 in contributions.[24]

Her three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $58,512
Clark, Katherine $20,000
Massachusetts Alliance $1,094


Clark raised $58,975 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below.[25]

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $8,340
Cameron Kerry $1,000
Phillip W. Johnston $1,000
Benjamin Schwartz $1,000
16 different donors $500


Clark is married and has three children. She has been a member of the Melrose School Committee, Melrose Democratic City Committee, Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Women’s Bar Association, Bio Tech Caucus, Library Caucus, and Caucus of Women Legislators.

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  1. GateHouse Media, "Katherine Clark sworn in as Congresswoman in D.C.," accessed December 13, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 WBUR, "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid," accessed June 27, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 WCVB TV, "Massachusetts' 5th congressional primary results," accessed October 15, 2013
  4. Associated Press, "December 10 Election Results," accessed December 10, 2013
  5. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed March 3, 2013
  6. U.S. House of Representatives, "Committee assignments," accessed March 31, 2014
  7. Democratic Leader, "Pelosi Announces Appointment of Congresswoman Katherine Clark to Committee on Natural Resources," accessed March 31, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. Clerk of U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 31: H.R. 2642," accessed February 12, 2014
  11. Politico, "House clears Farm Bill," accessed February 12, 2014
  12. 12.0 12.1 New York Times, "Senate passes long-stalled Farm Bill, with clear winners and losers," accessed February 12, 2014
  13. 13.0 13.1 CNN.com, "House passes compromise $1.1 trillion budget for 2014," accessed January 20, 2014
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 U.S. House, "Roll Call Vote 21," accessed January 20, 2014
  15. Roll Call, "House passes $1.1 trillion omnibus," accessed January 20, 2014
  16. 16.0 16.1 On The Issues, "Katherine Clark Vote Match," accessed July 1, 2014
  17. Boston.com, "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," accessed January 28, 2013
  18. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," accessed January 30, 2013
  19. Associated Press, "December 10 Election Results," accessed December 10, 2013
  20. 2012 State Primary Candidate List, "Massachusetts Secretary of State," accessed June 26, 2012
  21. 2012 Massachusetts Secretary of State, "Official 2012 Primary Results," accessed 2012
  22. Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth, "Return of Votes - For Massachusetts State Election - November 4, 2008," accessed February 13, 2014
  23. Follow the Money, "Massachusetts 2008 - General Election Results," accessed February 13, 2014
  24. Follow the Money, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
  25. Follow the Money, "Massachusetts House donor numbers," accessed April 14, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Ed Markey (D)
U.S. House of Representatives - Massachusetts, District 5
2013 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Fifth Middlesex
2011 - 2013
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Middlesex 32
Succeeded by
Paul Brodeur (D)