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Karyn Polito
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Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 8, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
PredecessorTim Murray (D)
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eleventh Worcester
Bachelor'sBoston College (1988) (Management)
J.D.New England School of Law (1991)
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Karyn Polito is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. She was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014. Polito filled a vacancy that had existed since the June 2, 2013, resignation of lieutenant governor Tim Murray.[1]

Polito ran on the Republican ticket with Charles D. Baker, who announced Polito as his lieutenant governor pick on December 3, 2013.[2] She and Baker faced the Democratic ticket of Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan and three independent tickets in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Polito earned her bachelor's degree in management from Boston College in 1988 and her J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1991.[3]

Polito worked as an attorney prior to her election. She served as Commissioner of the Massachusetts State Lottery from 1999-2000. Polito was a Shrewsbury Town Meeting Member from 1993-2000 and Shrewsbury Selectman from 1995-1998.[4]

She is a member of the Corridor Nine Chamber of Commerce, Shrewsbury Education Foundation, Shrewsbury League of Women Voters, University of Massachusetts Memorial Foundation Board of Directors and the Worcester County Bar Association.[3]


  • B.S., management - Boston College (1988)
  • J.D. - New England School of Law (1991)

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts (2015-present)

Polito first won election to the lieutenant governor's office on November 4, 2014. She was sworn into office on January 8, 2015, filling the vacancy left by the 2013 resignation of Tim Murray.[1]

Massachusetts House of Representatives (2001-2011)

Polito represented the Eleventh Worcester District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 2001-2011.

Committee assignments



See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

Polito ran for election to the office of Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts. Polito was uncontested for the Republican nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014.[5][2] She and gubernatorial running mate Charles D. Baker faced the Democratic ticket of Martha Coakley and Steve Kerrigan and three independent tickets in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCharles D. Baker/Karyn Polito 48.4% 1,044,573
     Democratic Martha Coakley/Steve Kerrigan 46.5% 1,004,408
     United Independent Evan Falchuk/Angus Jennings 3.3% 71,814
     Independent Scott Lively/Shelly Saunders 0.9% 19,378
     Independent Jeffrey McCormick/Tracy Post 0.8% 16,295
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 1,858
Total Votes 2,158,326
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.


Polito did not run for re-election in 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Polito won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eleventh Worcester, unopposed.[6]

Polito raised $110,247 for her campaign.[7]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Eleventh Worcester (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Karyn E. Polito (R) 17,241
All Others 93
Blanks 4,037

Campaign donors


Polito raised $110,247 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Joseph J. Cariglia $750
Joseph A. Polito Jr. $700
Michael D. Cimini $600
John G. Preston $550

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Murray (D)
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Worcester 11
Succeeded by
Matthew Beaton (R)