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Barbara L'Italien
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Candidate for
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District
Prior offices
Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District
ProfessionSocial Worker
Campaign website
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Barbara L'Italien was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She represented the Eighteenth Essex from 2003-2011.

L'Italien is a social worker. She has been a Case Manager for Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, Elder Abuse Hotline Intake and Referral at the Greater Lawrence Psychological Center, and Supervisor of Case Management and Elder Abuse at West Suburban Elder Services.

L'Italien is a member of the Andona Society, Andover Service Club, Andover Youth Foundation, Andover/North Andover League of Women Voters, Asperger's Association of New England, Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce, Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), and the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus.[1]


Campaign themes

L'Italien's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]


  • Excerpt:"As a mother of a child on the autism spectrum, Barbara has been a strong advocate for the disabled."


  • Excerpt:"She has been a vocal advocate for maximizing funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker and included a transportation pilot to save money by sharing routes."

Elder Services

  • Excerpt:"Barbara worked with her local Senior Centers to inform seniors about tax relief programs, fuel assistance and prescription drug coverage and personally signed people up to receive needed assistance."

Health Care

  • Excerpt:"Expanding coverage is an important priority, but so too is reigning the seemingly endless increases in health insurance costs."


  • Excerpt:"With the tough economy, ensuring that individuals have the tools and resources to remain in their homes has been of great importance to Barbara."

Committee assignments



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

L'Italien ran in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Eighteenth Essex District. L'Italien was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was defeated by James Lyons, Jr. (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Eighteenth Essex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJames Lyons, Jr. Incumbent 51.1% 11,810
     Democratic Barbara L'Italien 48.9% 11,301
Total Votes 23,111


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

L'Italien was defeated by James Lyons, Jr. (R) in the general election on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, L'Italien won re-election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Eighteenth Essex district. [4] In this election he raised $60,485-; of that total $55,585- (91.9%) was from in state contributions, $1,625- (2.7%) was from out of state contributions, and 3,275 (5.4%) was from unknown sources. [5]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Eighteenth Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Barbara L'Italien (D) 11,980
Lawrence Brennan (R) 8,273
All Others 9
Blanks 1,647

Campaign donors


L'Italien raised $60,485 in the 2008 election cycle.

Her major contributors are listed below. [6]

Donor Amount
Barbara L'Italien $3,000
Andover Democratic Town Committee $3,000
Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts $1,000
North Andover Democratic Town Committee $1,000
Barbara F. Lee $1,000
Mary Jane Powell $1,000


L'Italien and her husband Kevin have four children.[7]

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Preceded by
Massachusetts House of Representatives Essex 18
Succeeded by
James Lyons, Jr. (R)