Daniel Wolf

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Daniel Wolf
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Massachusetts State Senate, Cape and Islands District
Incumbent
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$61,133/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sWesleyan University
Personal
ProfessionBusinessman
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Daniel A. Wolf is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the Cape and Islands district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

In July 2013, Wolf entered the 2014 Democratic primary race to succeed Deval Patrick as Governor of Massachusetts.[1] Following a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission regarding his company's contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority, Wolf was forced to suspend his gubernatorial campaign. Furthermore, he announced his resignation from the state senate, which was to take effect on August 29, 2013; however, the commission granted Wolf an extension, giving him until September 19.[2][3] At the deadline, the commission granted Wolf an indefinite extension that left his campaign paralyzed by uncertainty, and ultimately to his decision to exit the race altogether on October 21, 2013.[4][5][6][7]

Biography

Wolf earned his bachelor's degree in Political Science from Wesleyan University in 1980. Wolf's professional experience includes co-founding Cape Air and Nantucket Airlines and serving as their CEO, and working as a flight instructor, manager of the Chatham Municipal Airport, and aircraft mechanic. Wolf earned his private pilot's license in Chatham, and his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates in Hyannis.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Community Development and Small Business Joint
Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Joint
Labor and Workforce Development Joint, Chair
Public Service Joint
State Administration and Regulatory Oversight Joint, Vice-chair
Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Joint
Veterans and Federal Affairs Joint

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Wolf served on these committees:

Election history

2014

See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Wolf launched his bid for Governor of Massachusetts in July 2013, but was forced to suspend his campaign one month later due to a conflict-of-interest ruling by the state ethics commission. The ruling rendered him ineligible to run for, or hold, public office in Massachusetts, and Wolf subsequently petitioned the commission to adjust the ruling.[8][9][10] After it met on September 19, the commission voted to draft an exemption and once again extended Wolf's compliance deadline, this time "indefinitely," according to Wolf's spokesman.[7] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013.[11]

Controversies

The Massachusetts State Ethics Commission ruled on August 2, 2013 that Wolf cannot become governor or hold his current state senate seat unless he sells his 23 percent holding in Cape Air.[12][13] Wolf founded Cape Air 25 years ago, though today it is an employee-owned business. The company has contracts with the Massachusetts Port Authority, which is a quasi-public agency. Its board is controlled by the Governor.[12]

Wolf denied there is a conflict of interest, despite the agreements between Cape Air and the Port Authority, because the agreements go back to 2002 and are automatically renewed. He stated, "The fees paid by Cape Air are not negotiated but are set by Massport in accordance with Federal regulations and apply to all airlines flying in and out of Logan. Neither Cape Air nor Massport have taken any affirmative action on these agreements since 2002. Let me be clear: Massport took no affirmative action on these contracts while I was a State Senator and Cape Air took no action on these contracts while I was State Senator. There is no discretion to do so, based on federal standards and requirements."[14]

The Ethics Commission ruling was made following a request from Wolf to have his ownership in the company reviewed so that he would not violate the state's conflict of interest law. Wolf also claims to have received an informal opinion on the issue saying that there would be no conflict of interest before he was elected in 2010. Additionally, he has stated that his filings with the Ethics Commission while in office have detailed his holdings in Cape Air and that these were never raised as areas of concern. Following the ruling, he stated that he would appeal the decision and continue to serve as state senator and campaign for governor. He also claimed that the opinion of the commission would, "prevent any successful businessperson who may have even tangential business interaction with the state from entering public life."[14]

On August 22, 2013, Wolf announced his impending resignation and suspension of his campaign for governor in the event that the Commission does not reverse its decision. While maintaining that there was not a conflict of interest, Wolf said that terminating the contracts would have adverse economic consequences, and ending his involvement with Cape Air would hurt the company. Wolf's resignation was due to take effect on August 29, 2013 barring a reversal from the commission. On August 26, 2013, Wolf requested an extension in order to submit a petition; the commission granted it the following day. Wolf had until September 19, 2013 to either comply with the conflict-of-interest law or resign.[2][15]

When it met on September 19, 2013, the commission once again extended Wolf's compliance deadline, this time "indefinitely," according to Wolf's spokesman.[7][6] He ultimately dropped out of the race on October 21, 2013.[4]

2012

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Wolf won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate Cape and Islands District. Wolf was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[16]

2010

See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Wolf won election to the Cape and Islands Seat in 2010. He defeated Sheila Lyons in the September 14 Democratic primary. He defeated the winner of the Republican primary in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - Cape and Islands District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Daniel Wolf (D) 44,886
James H. Crocker, Jr. (R) 33,247
All Others 22
Blanks 3,152

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, Wolf raised $523,479 in contributions. [17]

His three largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Wolf, Daniel A $262,339
Massachusetts Democratic Party $47,410
Massachusetts Federation Of Teachers $1,000

Personal

Wolf and his wife, Heidi Schuetz, have three children.

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References

  1. Boston Globe, "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 MyFoxBoston.com, "Mass. Sen. Wolf to suspend campaign for Gov., resign from Senate," August 22, 2013. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  3. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf gets reprieve from ethics board," August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race," October 22, 2013
  5. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Boston Globe, "Ethics commission extends deadline for state Senator Dan Wolf to comply with ruling," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  8. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  9. The Phoenix, "The Gathering Storm," November 7, 2012
  10. The Harwich Oracle, "Cape Cod Senator Dan Wolf considering run for governor," January 15, 2013
  11. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named dropout
  12. 12.0 12.1 Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  13. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  14. 14.0 14.1 CommonWealth, "Wolf: Ethics ruling bars run for governor," accessed August 8, 2013
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named cc
  16. 2012 State Primary Candidate List "Massachusetts Secretary of State," Acccessed June 26, 2012
  17. followthemoney.org, "2010 contributions," accessed December 23, 2013
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2011–present
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