John Keenan (House of Representatives)

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John Keenan, Jr.
John Keenan.jpg
Massachusetts House of Representatives, Seventh Essex
In office
2005 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 10
Base salary$60,032.60/year
Per diem$10-$100/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
J.D.Suffolk University Law School, 1992
Date of birthApril 4, 1965
Place of birthSalem, Massachusetts
Office website
John Keenan, Jr. (b. April 4, 1965) is a Democratic member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the Seventh Essex district. He was first elected to the chamber in 2004.


Keenan's professional experience includes working as an attorney in private practice since 1997, Solicitor for the City of Salem from 2001 to 2004, Assistant Solicitor from 1996 to 2001, and Assistant District Attorney for Essex County from 1993 to 1994.[1]

Committee assignments


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

Massachusetts Committee Assignments, 2013


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


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



See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2012

Keenan won re-election in the 2012 election for Massachusetts House of Representatives Sixth Essex District. Kennan was unopposed in the September 6 Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]


See also: Massachusetts House of Representatives elections, 2010

Keenan won re-election to the Seventh Essex seat in 2010. He was unopposed in the September 14 primary. He also faced no opposition in the general election on November 2, 2010.[4]

Massachusetts House of Representatives General Election, Seventh Essex District (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Keenan, Jr. (D) 10,533


On November 4, 2008, Keenan won re-election in the Massachusetts House of Representatives election for the Seventh Essex district. [5] In this election he raised $108,581; of that total $104,506 (96.2%) was from in state contributions and $4,075 (3.8%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts House of Representatives - Seventh Essex district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Keenan (D) 14,473
All Others 81
Blanks 4,492

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


In 2010, Keenan received $112,353 in campaign donations. The largest donors are listed below.[7]

Massachusetts House of Representatives 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Keenan (House of Representatives)'s campaign in 2010
Mclaughlin, Bruce$1,150
Lundregan, Jane$1,000
Massachusetts Dental Society$1,000
Blazo, Virginia$1,000
Segal, Jacob$1,000
Total Raised in 2010 $112,353


Keenan raised $108,581 in the 2008 election cycle.

His major contributors are listed below.[8]

Donor Amount
Jacob Segal $1,000
James Higgins $1,000
Timothy Sweeney $1,000
William Lundregan $1,000
Jane Lundregan $1,000


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Keenan has been Co-President of the Foundation for Salem Public Education, a member of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce, and a board member of the Salem Rotary Club.[1]

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Massachusetts House of Representatives Essex 7
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