Jon Golnik

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Jon Golnik
Jon Golnik.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Massachusetts, District 3
Bachelor'sDartmouth College (1989)
Master'sJohns Hopkins University (1992); MBA University of Pennsylvania (1993)
Place of birthMiddletown, CT
(dead link) Campaign website
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Jon Golnik was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts.

Golnik was defeated by Democratic incumbent Niki Tsongas on November 6, 2012.[1]


Golnik was born in Middletown, Connecticut. Upon graduation from high school, Golnik attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. He earned his master's degree in International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore in 1992. The following year, he graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.B.A.[2]


After attending Dartmouth College, Golnik worked for one year as a paralegal at a Wall Street law firm. He later worked as a foreign currency trader for several years. In 2003, he started two small businesses.[3]



See also: Massachusetts' 3rd Congressional District elections, 2012

Golnik ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Massachusetts' 3rd District. He defeated Tom Weaver in the September 6, 2012 Republican primary.[4]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngNiki Tsongas Incumbent 63.3% 212,119
     Republican Jon Golnik 32.6% 109,372
     N/A All Others 0.1% 262
     N/A Blank Votes 4% 13,358
Total Votes 335,111
Source: Massachusetts Secretary of State "Return of Votes"
U.S. House, Massachusetts District 3 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJon Golnik 66.9% 12,669
Tom Weaver 33.1% 6,260
Total Votes 18,929


Below is a campaign ad released by Golnik on September 23, 2012.[5]

Jon Gonik, "Decision Time"[6]


Golnik was endorsed by the following individuals and organizations.[7]

  • Boston Herold
  • Boston Globe
  • Senator Scott Brown
  • Governor Paul Cellucci

Campaign issues

On his campaign website, Golnik lists six issues. They are:[8]

  • Jobs and Economy

Excerpt: "The $787 billion stimulus package didn’t solve unemployment in this country. Jobs created via pork-filled stimulus packages are not sustainable. The White House estimates that 3.5 million jobs were created or “saved” (whatever a “saved job” means). Even if we use these questionable numbers that means that each job created or saved cost the taxpayers $225,000."

  • Debt and Spending

Excerpt: "The government needs to encourage the long-term goal of promoting economic growth through more adequate saving and investment. We can’t borrow our way to sustainable prosperity any more than the housing bubble could sustain itself on perpetually growing debt."

  • Healthcare

Excerpt: "The Healthcare Reform bill that passed Congress (Obamacare) does nothing to lower the skyrocketing cost of healthcare. One only needs to look at his or her premium and deductible increases over the past 2 years. More recently, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office doubled the implementation cost of the Healthcare Reform legislation for $940 billion to more than $1.7 trillion."

  • Energy

Excerpt: "Our immediate priority should be to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of oil when we have opportunities right here in the US to supplement it. The Keystone pipeline project would have created thousands of jobs and weaned us from foreign sources of oil."

  • Veterans' Issues

Excerpt: "The men and women who voluntarily don a uniform are doing so for us, let’s live up to the expectations they have when you are wearing the uniform of the greatest country on Earth. I will work very hard to restore necessary funding to programs for the health, safety and well being of active military as well as retires."

  • Liberty and Security

Excerpt: "I believe that citizens have the right to keep and bear arms. I believe that the government should not intrude in a right so clearly guaranteed by our forefathers in the Constitution and I will fight to uphold every attempt to diminish this right."[8]

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Golnik lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Golnik's campaign committee raised a total of $248,686 and spent $261,843.[9]


Golnik is married to his wife, Phyllis. They have two children together.[10]

See also

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