Eileen Donoghue

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Eileen Donoghue
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Massachusetts State Senate, First Middlesex District
In office
January 5, 2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
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
Bachelor'sUniversity of Massachusetts, 1976
J.D.Suffolk University, 1979
Place of birthHolyoke, MA
Office website
Campaign website
Eileen M. Donoghue is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate, representing the First Middlesex district. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Donoghue served as the Mayor of Lowell and as Lowell City Councilor.


Donoghue received her B.A. in Law and Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, and J.D. from Suffolk University.

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013
Post Audit and Oversight
Ways and Means
Community Development and Small Business Joint, Chair
Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Joint
Higher Education Joint, Vice-chair
Telecommunication, Utilities and Energy Joint
Ways and Means Joint


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


Campaign themes

Donoghue's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Health Care

  • Excerpt:"If elected to the Senate, Eileen would work with her colleagues to advance legislation aimed at reducing health care costs, including standardizing health care administration processes and reducing paperwork and administrative costs."


  • Excerpt:"Eileen has been a longtime supporter of programs to broaden access to early education, including free, all-day Kindergarten and after-school programs. Eileen also believes that the state must do all it can to shelter Chapter 70 from budget cuts."

Green Economy

  • Excerpt:"Eileen believes that there must be long-term opportunities for both public and private investments in each sector of this economy."

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt:"We must work together to bring relief to small businesses that are the lifeblood of our economy. Eileen also believes that our colleges and universities play an integral role in our economy, and we should do everything possible to ensure college graduates have a clearer path to employment."

Election history


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2012

Donoghue won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts State Senate First Middlesex District. Donoghue was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and defeated James Buba (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Massachusetts State Senate, First Middlesex District, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Donoghue Incumbent 71.2% 44,177
     Republican James Buba 28.8% 17,884
Total Votes 62,061


See also: Massachusetts State Senate elections, 2010

Donoghue won election to the First Middlesex Seat in 2010. She defeated Christian Doherty in the September 14 Democratic primary. She defeated James Buba in the general election on November 2, 2010.

Massachusetts State Senate - First Middlesex District
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Eileen Donoghue (D) 24,549
James Buba (R) 16,335
Patrick A. O’Connor (I) 4,158
All Others 13
Blanks 3,096

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Donoghue raised $162,123 in contributions. [4]

Her four largest contributors were:

Donor Amount
Donoghue, Eileen $4,000
Keefe, Mary Jo $1,000
Keefe, James G $1,000
Kendall, Susan $1,000


Donoghue has a husband, John J. O'Connor.

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