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Sheila Harrington

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Sheila Harrington
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Massachusetts State House, First Middlesex District
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 4
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Sheila Harrington is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the First Middlesex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Harrington earned her B.A. in Social Work from Providence College in 1982, and J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1986. Her professional experience includes working as an attorney in private practice in Groton, Massachusetts.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight
Judiciary Joint
Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harrington served on the following committees:



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. Gene Rauhala was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Sheila Harrington was unopposed in the Republican primary. Harrington defeated Rauhala in the general election.[1]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, First Middlesex District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngSheila Harrington Incumbent 64.3% 9,958
     Democratic Gene Rauhala 35.7% 5,530
Total Votes 15,488


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Harrington won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives First Middlesex District. Harrington was unopposed in the September 6 Republican primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Harrington won election to the First Middlesex seat in 2010. She defeated Cornelius Sullivan in the September 14 Republican primary. She faced Jesse Reich (D) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, First Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Jesse Reich (D) 6,222
Green check mark transparent.png Sheila Harrington (R) 10,378

Campaign donors


In 2010, Harrington raised $47,597 in contributions.[5]

Her largest contributor was the Massachusetts Republican Party, which donated $3,000 to her campaign.


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Harrington and her husband, Steve, have two children.

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Preceded by
Robert Hargraves
Massachusetts House of Representatives First Middlesex District
Succeeded by