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Patricia D. Jehlen
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Massachusetts State Senate, Second Middlesex
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 10
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives
Somerville School Committee
Bachelor'sSwarthmore College, 1965
Master'sUniversity of Massachusetts, Boston, 1966
Date of birthOctober 14, 1943
Place of birthAustin, TX
Office website
Personal website
Patricia D. Jehlen (b. October 14, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Second Middlesex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Jehlen served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1991 to 2005. She served on the Somerville School Committee from 1976 to 1991.


Jehlen earned her bachelor's degree in history from Swarthmore College in 1965. She attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston for history and later, in 1969, earned her M.A.T. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her professional experience includes working as a VISTA volunteer, research assistant at the Harvard Ed School, teacher at Brookline High School, supervisor of student teachers at Simmons College, and instructor at the Boston University School of Public Health.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means
Education Joint, Vice-chair
Elder Affairs Joint, Chair
Health Care Financing Joint
Housing Joint
Judiciary Joint
Ways and Means Joint


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


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



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 Patricia Jehlen was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Robert Cappucci, Jr. was unopposed in the Republican primary. Jehlen defeated Cappucci in the general election.[2]

Massachusetts State Senate Second Middlesex District, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Jehlen Incumbent 69.8% 41,685
     Republican Robert Cappucci, Jr. 22.5% 13,406
     None Blank Votes 7.5% 4,499
     None All Others 0.2% 123
Total Votes 59,713


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Jehlen won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Second Middlesex District. Jehlen was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Jehlen won re-election to the Second Middlesex District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. David Carnevale ran for the seat on the Republican ticket. The general election took place on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia D. Jehlen (D) 32,923
David Carnevale (R) 16,153
All Others 87
Blanks 3,993


On November 4, 2008, Jehlen won re-election in the Senate election for the Second Middlesex district.[5] In this election she raised $45,953; of that total $42,725 (93.6%) was from in state contributions and $1,350 (3.0%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate - Second Middlesex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Patricia Jehlen (D) 53,174
All Others 828
Blanks 18,478

Campaign donors


In 2010, Jehlen received $40,255 in campaign donations. The top contributors are listed below.[7]

Massachusetts State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Patricia Jehlen's campaign in 2010
Massachusetts Democratic Party$13,452
Massachusetts State Council Of Service Employees$500
Seiu 1199 Massachusetts Political Action Fund$500
Retired Public Employees$500
National Association Of Social Workers Massachusetts Chapter$500
Total Raised in 2010 $40,255


In 2008 Patricia D. Jehlen collected $45,953 in donations.[8]

Her largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Boston Teachers Union $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000


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Patricia D. Jehlen was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts. She and her husband, Alain, have three children. Jehlen has been involved with the OPENAIR Circus as a board member, teacher, and volunteer.

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