Elizabeth Childs

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Elizabeth Childs
Elizabeth Childs.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 4
Bachelor'sMount Holyoke College
M.D.University of Cincinnati School of Medicine
Campaign website
Elizabeth Childs was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 4th Congressional District of Massachusetts.
Elizabeth Childs for Congress campaign logo.


Childs earned her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She then became the Chief Resident in Adult Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, where she also completed her fellowship in Child Psychiatry. On April 18, 2003, then-Governor Mitt Romney appointed Childs to serve as Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health. She left her post as Commissioner in June 2007 to pursue an MPA at the Harvard Kennedy School and to focus on her private practice.[1]



See also: Massachusetts' 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

Childs ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 4th District.[2] Incumbent Barney Frank did not seek re-election. Childs lost to Sean Bielat in the Republican primary on September 6, 2012.[3]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2012 elections season. Below are Childs's reports.[4]

Elizabeth Childs (2012) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[5]March 31, 2012$29,201.15$43,028.82$(36,212.72)$36,017.25
July Quarterly[6]June 30, 2012$36,017.25$50,693.70$(60,506.79)$26,204.16
Running totals


Campaign themes


On his campaign website, Childs listed five issues. They are:[7]

  • Economy and Job Growth
  • On her website, Childs says, "I believe government’s role is to provide a healthy economic environment to spur private sector innovation and job creation through sound fiscal and regulatory policy. Unfortunately, the federal government has become a roadblock to economic expansion."
  • Foreign Policy and Defense
  • On her website, Childs says, "The world is a dangerous place. America has its friends, but we also have enemies. We prepare our country for the threats we face today and in the future by making wise investments in defense spending. Rational foreign policy emphasizes support of our friends abroad, such as Israel, and holds true the American ideals of human rights, free trade, personal freedoms and liberties, and democratic representation by the people."
  • Healthcare
  • On her website, Childs says, "Every American should have access to quality health care and should not be penalized because of pre-existing illness. What works in Massachusetts to achieve this goal is not necessarily the same solution as what will work in other states. For this reason, I support a state by state solution that is designed by state and local public officials, doctors, patients, insurers and health care leaders and providers who are closest to the needs of the population and the existing health care infrastructure and resources."
  • Individual rights
  • On her website, Childs says, "Personal freedom is the cornerstone of our American heritage. Any time we let government restrict any one of our citizen’s personal choices, all of our freedom is reduced. As a conservative, I passionately believe that government should not tell its citizens what to do, including what they should do with their bodies or whom they should love. For those reasons, I am pro-choice and support gay rights."
  • Mideast policy
  • On her website, Childs says, "As Israel is our most stable democratic ally in the region, a historic partner, and a nation in desperate need of reliable friends, our Middle East policy must contain a robust component ensuring the security of Israel and a hedge against those who wish it harm."[7]


Childs has two children with her husband, Ralph Grieco. They live in Brookline, MA.[8]

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