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Leah Cole
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Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District
In office
May 1, 2013 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedApril 2, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Leah Cole is a Republican member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Twelfth Essex District. She was first elected to the chamber in a special election on April 2, 2013.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Cole served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2015
Elder Affairs Joint
Public Health Joint
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint



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. Beverley Griffin Dunne defeated James Moutsoulas in the Democratic primary. Incumbent Leah Cole was unopposed in the Republican primary. Cole defeated Dunne in the general election.[1]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Cole Incumbent 51.5% 7,265
     Democratic Beverley Griffin Dunne 48.5% 6,830
Total Votes 14,095
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBeverley Griffin Dunne 58.8% 2,625
James Moutsoulas 41.2% 1,838
Total Votes 4,463


See also: Massachusetts state legislative special elections, 2013

Cole won election in the special election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Twelfth Essex District. The seat was vacant following the death of Joyce Spiliotis (D) on November 29, 2012. Cole defeated Gregory S. Bunn in the March 5 Republican primary and defeated Beverly A. Griffin Dunne (D) and Dave Gravel (I) in the special election, which took place on April 2, 2013.[2][3][4][5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Twelfth Essex District, Special Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLeah Cole 35.2% 1,878
     Democratic Beverly A. Griffin Dunne 33.8% 1,805
     Independent Dave Gravel 31% 1,655
Total Votes 5,338


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Political offices
Preceded by
Joyce Spiliotis (D)
Massachusetts House of Representatives Essex 12
May 2013 - Present
Succeeded by