Carl Sciortino

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Carl Sciortino
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Current candidacy
Running for U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5
Date of primaryOctober 15, 2013
Current office
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirty-Fourth Middlesex
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10 - $100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sTufts University
Date of birth07/06/1978
Place of birthMilford, CT
ProfessionManager of Research Operations, Fenway Community Health Center
ReligionRoman Catholic
Office website
Campaign website
Carl M. Sciortino, Jr. (b. July 6, 1978) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Thirty-Fourth Middlesex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.

Sciortino was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[1] He was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[2]

He served as Vice Chair of the Medford Democratic City Committee, and was a founding member of the Progressive Democrats of Somerville.


Sciortino's professional experience includes working as Manager of Research Operations at Fenway Community Health Center, and a research associate at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.[3]



On September 9, 2013, Representative Alan Grayson (D) joined Sciortino in a conference call to argue against U.S. military intervention in Syria.[4]

Grayson, who endorsed Sciortino in August 2013, has been a leader in the U.S. House in opposing U.S. military intervention in Syria. Sciortino, a state representative, was the first among five Democratic elected officials running for Congress in Massachusetts’ 5th District to say he would oppose the use of military force in Syria. However, by September 9, 2013, all five Democrats had come out against the use of force.[4]

“I question what message a military strike will send if followed by additional bloodshed,” Sciortino said. He also said the U.S. needs to seek a political solution through diplomacy and a negotiated ceasefire.[4]

He said the U.S. must exhaust every diplomatic option before turning to the military. “I fear if we begin with a military option, it will lead to an escalation of war, not peace,” Sciortino said. He called on the other Democrats in his race to oppose the use of military force.[4]

Campaign themes


Sciortino's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[5]


  • Excerpt: "Carl supports legislation insuring adequate resources to help all students achieve high standards."


  • Excerpt: "Carl considers improving access to affordable healthcare to be one of his top priorities. He supports the effort to include universal health insurance in the Massachusetts State Constitution."

Support for Cities and Towns

  • Excerpt: "Carl believes that support for cities and towns is essential for real economic and community growth."

Corporate Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Carl is committed to ensuring that corporations pay their fair share of taxes."

Economic Issues

  • Excerpt: "Carl believes wages should be set at a fair rate, and workers should be compensated for their contributions."


Sciortino was a supporter of the Massachusetts Greyhound Protection Act (2008), and pledged to resist any efforts in the legislature to repeal it or delay its implementation.[6]

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Sciortino served on the following committees:

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets
Global Warming and Climate Change
Ways and Means
Public Health Joint
Ways and Means Joint


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Sciortino served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Sciortino served on the following committees:



See also: Massachusetts' 5th Congressional District special election, 2013

Sciortino was a 2013 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House representing the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts.[7] The election was held to replace outgoing Rep. Ed Markey (D) who was elected to the U.S. Senate in the June 25th election for John Kerry's vacant seat after his appointment as Secretary of State.[8][9] He was defeated by Katherine Clark in the Democratic primary on October 15, 2013.[2]

U.S. House, Massachusetts District 5 Special Democratic Primary, 2013
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Clark 31.6% 21,983
Peter Koutoujian 22% 15,303
Carl Sciortino 16% 11,160
Will Brownsberger 14.6% 10,163
Karen Spilka 13.1% 9,088
John Paul Maisano 2.2% 1,520
Martin Long 0.6% 398
Total Votes 69,615
Source: Official Results from Massachusetts Elections Division


Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – announced the endorsement of Sciortino on July 12, 2013.[10]

Bay State Stonewall Democrats

The Bay State Stonewall Democrats (BSSD) announced their endorsement of Carl Sciortino on August 30, 2013.[11]

“There is a clear difference between the candidates in this race,” said BSSD co-chair Steve Iannaccone, “and Carl Sciortino’s unwavering commitment to the LGBT community in the State House made this endorsement an easy decision. His willingness to lead the tough fights and build the coalitions to win those fights, is what gave him the edge in our endorsement process.”[11]

“Carl’s tireless work on LGBT issues, especially Marriage Equality and the Transgender Equal Rights Bill, were important factors when deciding to make this endorsement,” stated Claire Naughton, co-chair of the BSSD, “and we are proud to support him in this race so he can bring that work to the U.S. House.”[11]

Progressive Change Campaign Committee

On September 18, 2013, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee announced their endorsement of Sciortino stating, "Among several good candidates, Carl proved these past two weeks that he is the type of bold leader we can count on." [12]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sciortino won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Thirty-Fourth Middlesex District. Sciortino was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated David Rajczewski (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[13]

Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirty-Fourth Middlesex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCarl Sciortino Incumbent 84.2% 13,842
     Republican David Rajczewski 15.8% 2,595
Total Votes 16,437


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sciortino won re-election to the Thirty-fourth Middlesex Seat in 2010. He had no primary opposition. He defeated Richard Cannava (I) in the general election on November 2, 2010.[14]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Thirty-fourth Middlesex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Car Sciortino (D) 7,599
Richard Cannava (I) 2,734


On November 4, 2008, Sciortino won re-election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, Thirty-Fourth Middlesex, unopposed. [15]

Sciortino raised $123,729 for his campaign.[16]

Massachusetts State House of Representatives, Thirty-Fourth Middlesex (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Carl M Sciortino Jr. (D) 12,088
All Others 261
Blanks 3,274

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Sciortino received $49,297 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[17]


Sciortino raised $194,587 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below. [18]

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $6,474
Lorenzo Lepore $1,250
Five different donors $1,000


Sciortino has been a member of the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Massachusetts Chapter of the Sierra Club, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.

Sciortino married Pem Brown in Massachusetts in October 2013.[19][20]

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  1. WBUR "Labor Makes Its First Foray Into Race To Succeed Markey" Accessed June 27, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 WCVB TV, "Massachusetts' 5th congressional primary results," accessed October 15, 2013
  3. Project Vote Smart - Rep. Sciortino
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3, "U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson joins Mass. Congressional candidate Carl Sciortino to lay out case against military intervention in Syria," accessed September 10, 2013
  5. "electcarl," Official Campaign Website
  6. Wicked Local Belmont, "Dog racing industry charges election fraud against ban group", June 23, 2009
  7. WBUR "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid" Accessed June 27, 2013
  8. "Secretary of state to set Senate special election date of June 25," January 28, 2013
  9. The Boston Globe, "William ‘Mo’ Cowan to be interim US senator," January 30, 2013
  10. HRC "HRC Announces Endorsement of Carl Sciortino for Congress" Accessed July 11, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Wicked Local: Lexington, "FIFTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT: Greater Boston Stonewall Democrats endorsement Carl Sciortino for Congress," accessed September 2, 2013
  12. Politico, "Progressive group backs Carl Sciortino," accessed September 18, 2013
  13. 2012 State Primary Candidate List "Massachusetts Secretary of State," Accessed June 27, 2012
  14. Official Massachusetts Election Results, 2010
  15. 2008 Election Results, Massachusetts House of Representatives
  16. 2008 Massachusetts Election Fundraising, Candidates
  17. Follow the Money - 2010 Donors
  18. Massachusetts House donor numbers
  19., "State Rep. Carl Sciortino Announces Congressional Bid," accessed September 18, 2013
  20. Washington Blade, "Gay congressional candidate marries in Mass.," accessed October 8, 2013
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