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Kathleen O'Connor Ives

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Kathleen O'Connor Ives
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Massachusetts State Senate, First Essex District
In office
January 5, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Newburyport City Council
2008 - Present
Bachelor'sMount Holyoke College
J.D.Pace University School of Law
Office website
Kathleen A. O'Connor Ives is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the First Essex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, O'Connor Ives served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development and Small Business Joint, Vice-chair
Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Joint
Financial Services Joint
Higher Education Joint
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint, Chair


Campaign themes


O'Connor Ives' website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Campaign Finance Reform

  • Excerpt:"The Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United, declaring corporations are people with a protected right of free speech and freedom to contribute unlimited amounts of anonymous campaign cash, turned back the clock on efforts for campaign finance reform."


  • Excerpt:"I support the long-overdue expansion of the "Bottle Bill" - a successful strategy that addresses multiple problems. The Bottle Bill is an effective incentive to increase recycling and reduce litter and also takes pressure off our limited landfills."

Women's Reproductive Rights

  • Excerpt:"I support a woman's right to choose and to be in control of her reproductive health."

Civil Rights

  • Excerpt:"I'll protect the rights of everyone in the commonwealth against discrimination on account of age, race, gender, sexual orientation or disabilities."

Public Safety

  • Excerpt:"Taking the most dangerous criminals off of the streets and eliminating parole for specific felons who habitually commit violent crimes is a good goal. However, we have to maintain an element of judicial discretion because that's the role of a judge with the experience and context of each case."



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 Kathleen O'Connor Ives defeated Jessica Finocchiaro in the Democratic primary. Shaun Toohey was unopposed in the Republican primary. O'Connor Ives defeated Toohey in the general election.[2]

Massachusetts State Senate First Essex District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen O'Connor Incumbent 51.5% 30,107
     Republican Shaun Toohey 44.2% 25,830
     None Blank Votes 4.2% 2,459
     None All Others 0.1% 33
Total Votes 58,429

Massachusetts State Senate, First Essex District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen O'Connor Ives Incumbent 68.2% 9,052
Jessica Finocchiaro 31.8% 4,229
Total Votes 13,281


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

O'Connor Ives won election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate First Essex District. She defeated Timothy J. Coco and William M. Manzi, III in the Democratic primary on September 6 and defeated Shaun P. Toohey (R), James M. Kelcourse (I), and Paul A. Magliocchetti (I) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Massachusetts State Senate, First Essex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen O'Connor Ives 45.9% 36,405
     Republican Shaun Toohey 33.6% 26,654
     Independent James Kelcourse 4.2% 3,358
     Independent Paul Magliocchetti 16.2% 12,870
Total Votes 79,287
Massachusetts State Senate, First Essex District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen O'Connor Ives 38.3% 4,071
William Manzi III 30.9% 3,283
Timothy Coco 30.8% 3,274
Total Votes 10,628

Campaign donors


In 2012, O'Connor Ives received $57,750 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathleen O'Connor Ives's campaign in 2012
Newburyport Demcc$1,000
Service Employees Local 509$500
Ruetenik, Theodore$500
Massachusetts Federation of Teachers$500
Farelli, Diane$500
Total Raised in 2012 $$57,750


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Ives is fluent in Portuguese.[6]

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