Joan Menard

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Joan Menard
Massachusetts State Senate First Bristol and Plymouth
Former member
Term in office began
2000
Term in office ended
2011
Political party Democratic
Profession Former Teacher/Current Senator
Joan Menard (b. September 6, 1935) was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate. She represented the First Bristol and Plymouth district from 2000 to 2011.

Menard began her political career in 1976 by joining the Democratic State Committee and in 1978 by becoming a representative for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 1991 she became the Assistant Majority Whip for the Massachusetts House of Representatives. A year later, she became the Majority Whip until 1996. In 1999, her service as a representative ended and a year later Menard became a senator for the Massachusetts State Senate and still serves in this regard, along with her responsibilities as the Assistant Majority Leader for the state of Massachusetts and continuing to hold her position in the Democratic State Committee.

Menard began her professional experience as a School Administrator for the town of Somerset. In 1964, she worked as an elementary school teacher in the same town until 1974. In that year, she worked as director of special education until 1979.

Menard earned her Bachelors degree at Bridgewater State College in 1967. In 1971, she obtained her Masters degree in education at the same institution. In 1979, Menard acquired her CAGS at the Boston College Doctoral Program. At some point, she earned her MEd at Boston University.[1]

Organizations

Joan Menard is currently a member of several organizations including the Association of State Democratic Chairs, the Business and Professional Women's Club, the Council of State Governments, the Five Cents Savings Bank, the Katie Brown Fund, the League of Women Voters, the Massachusetts Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Board, the National Organization of Women, the New England Board of Higher Education, the Southeastern Massachusetts Labor Center, Steppingstone, and the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth organization.

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

Menard currently serves on two non-legislative committees; the Massachusetts Women's Legislative Caucus and the Women's Political Caucus.

Committees

Joan Menard currently serves on a number of committees, including the Election Laws Committee, the Ethics and Rules Committee, the Labor and Workforce Development Committee, and the Rules Committee.

Elections

2008

On November 4, 2008, Menard won re-election for the Senate election for the First Bristol and Norfolk district.[2] In this election she raised $257,046-; of that total $226,459- (90.5%) was from in state contributions and $23,700 (9.5%) was from out of state contributions.[3]

Massachusetts State Senate - First Bristol and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Menard (D) 54,540
All Others 204
Blanks 18,314

2006

On November 7, 2006, Menard won re-election for the Senate election for the First Bristol and Norfolk district.[4] In this election she raised $295,724-; of that total $254,387- (88.8%) was from in state contributions and $32,200 (11.2%) was from out of state contributions.[5]

Massachusetts State Senate - First Bristol and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Menard (D) 39,235
All Others 315
Blanks 10,889

2004

On November 2, 2004, Menard won re-election for the Senate election for the First Bristol and Norfolk district.[6] In this election she raised $232,760-; of that total $191,660- (90.1%) was from in state contributions and $21,100 (9.9%) was from out of state contributions.[7]

Massachusetts State Senate - First Bristol and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Joan Menard (D) 53,794
All Others 329
Blanks 17,085

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008 Joan Menard collected $257,046 in donations. [8]

Her four largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Massachusetts Democratic Party $11,688
Joan Menard $11,270
Beer Distributors of Massachusetts $1,500
Jay Cashman $1,000

Personal

Joan Menard was born in New York, New York and was raised in Fall River, Massachusetts. She is currently married to Charles Menard with two children and is known to be Roman Catholic.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Massachusetts State Senate First Bristol and Plymouth
2000–2011
Succeeded by
Michael Rodrigues