Thomas Petrolati

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Thomas Petrolati
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Seventh Hampden
Incumbent
In office
1987 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 27
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected1986
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWestern New England College
Personal
BirthdayApril 16, 1957
Place of birthSpringfield, Massachusetts
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Thomas M. Petrolati (b. April 16, 1957) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Seventh Hampden district. He was first elected to the chamber in 1986. Petrolati is a former Speaker Pro Tempore.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Rules
Ways and Means
Public Service Joint
Rules Joint
Ways and Means Joint

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Petrolati served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

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2012

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Petrolati won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Seventh Hampden District. Petrolati was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]

2010

See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Petrolati won re-election to the Seventh Hampden seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14 primary. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Seventh Hampden District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Petrolati (D) 8,942

2008

On November 4, 2008, Petrolati won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Seventh Hampden district.[4] In this election he raised $262,451; of that total $220,639 (96.2%) was from in state contributions and $8,750 (3.8%) was from out of state contributions.[5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Seventh Hampden district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Thomas Petrolati (D) 14,210
All Others 124
Blanks 4,040

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Petrolati received $173,398 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Thomas Petrolati's campaign in 2010
Calcasola, Kathleen M$1,000
Disanti, Gerard$1,000
Professional Fire Fighters Of Massachusetts$1,000
Colaccino, Frank$1,000
Nisource Inc$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $173,398

2008

Petrolati raised $262,451 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[7]

Donor Amount
16 different donors $1,000

Personal

Petrolati has been a member of the John Thompson Scholarship Committee, Ludlow Lodge of Elks, Polish American Citizens Club, and Unity Athletic Club.[8]

Controversies

Patronage scandal and political aftermath

In November 2010, Petrolati announced he would not seek to continue his position as Speaker Pro Tempore after an independent counsel reported that he was heavily involved in a patronage scandal at the state's probation department. The department was found to have hired numerous supporters of Petrolati, including his wife as well as his former aide.[9]

In January 2011, House Speaker Robert DeLeo appointed a leadership team that did not include Petrolati at all, leaving the latter without the $15,000 yearly bonus he had previously enjoyed.[10]

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2013-2014

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Massachusetts House of Representatives Hampden 7
1987–present
Succeeded by
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