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John D. Keenan Representative

D Salem
John D. Keenan

Addresses

State House
Room 473B
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2263
Fax: 617-722-2160
Email:
District Office
27 Congress Street, Suite 414
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 745-8065
Fax: (978) 745-3369
Bill Docket Bill Title
S.40 SD1392 For legislation relative to foster youth who remain in the care of the Department of Children and Families after they attain eighteen years of age
S.90 SD991 For legislation relative to community preservation
H.154 HD1071 Relative to the humane treatment of disabled persons
H.155 HD1109 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of services that support individuals with autistic spectrum disorders
S.157 SD542 For legislation to prohibit the sale of lottery tickets on credit.
H.176 HD3945 For legislation to replace the words “mental retardation” in the General Laws with the words “developmental disabilities"
H.209 HD758 Relative to the Massachusetts Community Develoment Finance Corporation
S.211 SD547 For legislation relative to the Essex North Agricultural and Technical School District.
H.228 HD189 For legislation to ensure that independent repair facilities in the Commonwealth have access to information related to the proper and complete diagnosis, service and repair of motor vehicles
H.239 HD1054 Relative to consumer gift cards
S.278 SD1968 For legislation to fulfill the promise of education reform adequate funding for student success
H.282 HD1821 For legislation to protect the rights of consumers in motor vehicle repair transactions
H.311 HD1511 For legislation to increase the experience and continuing educational requirements for operators of certain steam boilers
H.321 HD1179 For legislation to further regulate consumer rebates on certain purchases
H.322 HD2592 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to the distribution formula of the State Lottery
H.337 HD647 For legislation to establish the Massachusetts Opportunity Rebuilding and Expansion Infrastructure Program
H.343 HD643 Relative to providing loans for waterfront development
H.344 HD653 For legislation to impose a penalty for the devocalization of dogs and cats
H.402 HD2440 For legislation to provide for a comprehensive health education program in the public schools.
H.403 HD2552 For legislation to provide for local control of health education curriculums
H.404 HD2767 Relative to establishing a physical education requirement in the public schools
H.446 HD1736 Relative to requiring school districts to develop policies on nutrition and physical activity
H.449 HD626 Relative to establishing a state university system in the Commonwealth
H.467 HD3316 That certain students accepted into post-secondary educational programs be granted a competency determination, notwithstanding performance on the MCAS test
H.468 HD3319 Relative to high school graduation requirements for students with learning disabilities
H.493 HD3941 Relative to coursework and a practicum for previously licensed special education teachers and rehabilitation counselors
H.544 HD3733 For the development and implemention of a statewide silver alert system to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens
H.546 HD3224 For legislation to develop recommendations for the implementation of a self-determination model within the Department of Elder Affairs
H.603 HD4313 For the development and implemention of a statewide silver alert system to be activated on behalf of missing senior citizens
S.617 SD87 For legislation relative to authorizing municipalities to protect low and mederate income tenants and units of governmentally involved housing
S.618 SD1287 For legislation to adopt protections for Salem's governmently involved housing stock
H.624 HD238 For legislation to allow the non-profit corporation Home of the Brave, Inc., to construct and operate public homes for veterans
H.660 HD2035 Relative to the agreement among states to elect the President by national popular vote
H.776 HD1138 For legislation to establish a food policy council to enhance the agricultural economy and improve nutritional health in the Commonwealth
S.783 SD970 For legislation relative to community planning
H.817 HD2485 Relative to establishing a trail maintenance program within the Department of Conservation and Recreation
H.833 HD3211 Relative to producer responsibility for discarded electronic products
H.847 HD2945 Relative to exempting cities and towns from fees from the Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act
H.850 HD675 Relative to regulating the disposal of prescription medication
S.876 SD1673 For legislation to promote safe patient care and support the nursing profession
H.888 HD739 Relative to appeals of motor vehicle insurance surcharges
S.950 SD880 For legislation to establish a primary seat belt law
H.1028 HD1528 Relative to improving asthma health care coverage management
S.1090 SD1542 For legislation relative to the retirement options of certain educational personnel
H.1095 HD2209 Relative to creating a special commission on institutional long term care services
S.1143 SD1204 For legislation relative to eligibility for state group health insurance
H.1151 HD4403 For an investigation by the Executive Office of Transportation and the Turnpike Authority of the establishment of a fully-automated toll collection system
H.1167 HD1549 Relative to annual financial statements of public higher education institutions
H.1175 HD3189 Relative to the eligibility of students for in-state tuition rates and fees at public higher educational institutions
H.1177 HD569 For legislation to establish a tuition-free program within the Board of Higher Education for teachers and paraprofessionals
H.1246 HD3713 For legislation to protect certain students and clients of public or private institutions from inappropriate sexual contact by employees
H.1248 HD3939 For legislation to increase the penalties imposed for rape of mentally retarded persons
H.1342 HD880 Relative to the penalties for the use or manufacture of hidden compartments for the purpose of transporting or distributing controlled substances
S.1482 SD473 For legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles
S.1559 SD502 For legislation to protect and enhance the rights of child and adult victims and witnesses of crime
S.1571 SD190 For legislation relative to increasing the civil fines and financial responsibilities and criminal penalties of motorists who violate the right of way of other motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists and/or pedestrians, resulting in serious bodily injury and/or death.
H.1587 HD149 Relative to the victims of violent crime
H.1591 HD2008 Relative to the estate of homestead
H.1592 HD2010 Relative to the duties and fees of notaries public
H.1599 HD2466 Relative to parental choice in child custody agreements
H.1650 HD3269 For legislation to provide protection against compelled disclosure of certain information by members of the news media
H.1652 HD3314 Relative to ensuring confidentiality for victims of rape and domestic violence
S.1687 SD389 For legislation relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1728 HD431 Relative to gender based discrimination and hate crimes
H.1745 HD3877 For legislation to further regulate the performance of abortions and protecting women’s reproductive health
H.1746 HD3885 Relative to consent and counseling for certain pregnant minors
H.1747 HD3900 Relative to housing discrimination against victims of domestic violence, rape, sexual assault and stalking
H.1763 HD867 For legislation to regulate the use and possession of marijuana in schools, businesses and public locations
H.1797 HD878 For legislation to establish a "right to know" policy for certain temporary employees
S.1828 SD1130 For legislation relative to community leadership neighborhood revitalization and urban violence protection act of 2009
S.1848 SD1872 For legislation to require commercially reasonable efforts to avoid foreclosure
S.1867 SD784 For legislation to create the commonwealth heritage areas program
S.1869 SD1880 For legislation to establish a disaster and emergency aid fund for Massachusetts artists
S.1893 SD211 For legislation relative to the clarification for the definition testing regulations and enforcment of motorcycle sound emmision
S.1894 SD218 For legislation to assure that motorcyclists between the ages of 16 and 18 are provided with adequate education
S.1934 SD1555 For legislation to promote and and advance motorcycle safety.
H.1943 HD3884 Relative to the commitment of inhalant substance abusers
S.2017 SD221 For legislation relative to standards for protective headgear for operators or passengers on motorcycles
H.2080 HD1708 For legislation to establish a board of registration in midwifery
H.2148 HD1995 Relative to eligibility for MassHealth home and community based services
H.2181 HD585 For legislation to establish a physician reporting system for drug overdoses
H.2182 HD923 Relative to safeguarding and monitoring prescription drugs
S.2183 SD2225 For legislation to combat economic crime
H.2211 HD303 For legislation to establish a fire equipment grant program
H.2218 HD558 Relative to community leadership, neighborhood-revitalization and urban-violence protection
H.2231 HD1259 Relative to hunting on Sundays
H.2275 HD3238 Relative to authorizing reimbursement grants for bullet proof vests for certain police officers
H.2444 HD1027 Relative to voluntary or optional life insurance for municipal employees
H.2487 HD244 Relative to cost of living adjustments for retired public employees of the Commonwealth
H.2489 HD418 For legislation to expand benefits available to municipalities with membership in the Group Insurance Commission
H.2570 HD2048 For legislation to provide funding for certain collective bargaining agreements for public employees
H.2606 HD669 Relative to membership of certain technical schools in the Essex regional retirement system
H.2719 HD914 That recipients of the Purple Heart medal be exempt from imposition of the motor vehicle excise tax
H.2753 HD2354 Relative to sales and excise tax exemptions for disabled veterans
H.2800 HD2258 For legislation to establish a historical rehabilitation tax credit
H.2849 HD1530 Relative to the renewable energy income tax credit
H.2937 HD3022 Relative to historic rehabilitation tax credits
H.2940 HD863 That cities and towns be authorized to include "transient accommondations" under the room occupancy excise tax
H.2944 HD2447 For legislation to increase the medical tax exemption
H.3001 HD415 For legislation to promote municipal efficiency and innovation through regional collaboration
H.3042 HD763 Authorizing the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey a certain parcel of land in the town of Danvers under the use and control of the Massachusetts State Police
H.3133 HD3291 To establish a cell phone users' bill of rights
H.3183 HD3701 That the Registrar of Motor Vehicles be authorized to issue a distinctive "Support Our Troops" registration plate
H.3184 HD2117 For legislation to provide tolls on the New Hampshire border
H.3190 HD924 Relative to the issuance of motor vehicle registration plates to recipients of the Bronze Star medal
H.3227 HD2769 For legislation to preserve the right of way for the North/South rail link
H.3228 HD3640 For legislation to provide for maintenance costs for the Metropolitan Highway System through electronic tolling
H.3262 HD1034 For legislation to eliminate certain tolls and to raise the tax imposed on gasoline
H.3289 HD3366 For legislation to authorize transportation revenues to be collected in high occupancy vehicle lanes from single passenger vehicles on Route I-93
H.3290 HD3383 That tolls paid by motorists be used only for the road, highway or bridge on which the toll or fee is charged or collected
H.3317 HD3233 Relative to the parking of motor vehicles by disabled veterans and handicapped persons in designated parking areas
H.3318 HD3234 For legislation to eliminate tolls on the Massachusetts Turnpike
H.3349 HD2332 Relative to the operation of certain motor vehicles with snow and ice on its roof
H.3350 HD2335 Relative to the operation of certain commercial vehicle with an accumulation of snow and ice
H.3362 HD1203 Relative to transportation services to historic areas
H.3367 HD3609 Relative to freezing toll increases by the Turnpike Authority
H.3434 HD1266 Relative to the teaching of health education in schools
H.3507 HD1197 Relative to authorizing the Commissioner of the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance to convey land in Agawam to United Veterans of America, Inc. for the purpose of veterans' housing
H.3536 HD1365 Relative to the repeal or reform of certain archaic laws
H.3537 HD1248 For a legislative amendment to the Constitution relative to the subject matter of initiative petitions
H.3546 HD2242 Relative to protecting residents of the commonwealth from door-to-door solicitors
H.3547 HD1634 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) of methods to develop an index of creative and innovative education in the Commonwealth
H.3567 HD1563 That the Health and Educational Facilities Authority state college and the community college loan pool
H.3580 HD2204 Relative to unemployment insurance for seasonal workers at municipal, county, or state golf courses
H.3583 HD2232 For legislation to provide treble damages to employees for employer violations of certain labor laws
H.3631 HD2146 For legislation to further regulate the penalties imposed for failure to report lost or stolen firearms
H.3645 HD2757 Relative to cueing and supervision in the personal care attendant program
H.3786 HD2760 For legislation to authorize certain veterans to use facilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit authorities without cost to such veterans
H.3809 HD984 Relative to insurance coverage for autism
H.3860 HD4038 That the Outdoor Advertising Board be authorized to study billboard advertising in the town of Weymouth
H.3897 HD4141 Relative to treatment and health insurance coverage for maternal post-partum depression
H.3916 HD4072 Relative to further regulating funeral directors
H.3923 HD4205 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court relative to the impact of Alzheimers disease in the Commonwealth
H.4013 HD4149 Relative to the establishment of cultural districts
H.4258 HD3985 For legislation to establish a health care outreach and education unit within the Executive Office of Health and Human Services
H.4293 HD4530 Relative to economic crimes involving monetary instruments or other property known to be derived from criminal activity
H.4324 HD4617 Relative to the pooling of tips for certain service employees
H.4529 HD4871 Relative to defining the dissemination of obscene material
H.4589 HD4618 Relative to the creation of low profit limited liability company small businesses
H.4750 HD4572 Relative to the opening and closing of swimming pools under the jurisdication of the Department of Conservation and Recreation

John Keenan has been Salem’s state representative since 2005. He is Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.

A lifelong resident of Salem, John and his wife Kara have two children, Aidan and Erin. John’s father, like his father before him, worked at the Flynn Tan leather factory near Blubber Hollow in Salem. His mother was a nurse at Salem Hospital. John is a proud product of Salem Public Schools and went on to graduate from Harvard College with honors (B.A. Economics) and Suffolk Law.

Following Suffolk, John began his legal career as a criminal prosecutor in Essex County. He prosecuted cases in the district courts, primarily in Lynn District Court – one of the busiest courts in the Commonwealth. He was one of the first assistant district attorneys to serve as a prosecutor in the Domestic Violence Unit in Lynn.

From 1996 until 2004, John served in the Salem Legal Department where as City Solicitor he negotiated a new lease for the Salem Transfer Station saving city taxpayers half a million dollars for a mandatory clean-up at the site, saved both the Old Salem Jail Keeper’s House and 18 Crombie Street from demolition, facilitated the redevelopment of the old police station, prosecuted negligent property owners forcing them to clean up their properties, preserved affordable housing at Salem Heights, and fought to stabilize Salem’s property tax base.

In 2004, John was elected State Representative. He has served on the following committees: Judiciary, Post Audit & Oversight, Telecommunications, Utilities & Energy, and Tourism, Arts & Cultural Development. He was appointed to a Special Commission to study the impact of drowsy driving on highway safety, and served on several Legislative Caucuses including the Northeast Caucus, Progressive Caucus, Children’s Caucus, Boating Caucus, Coastal Caucus, Elder Affairs Caucus, Cultural Caucus, Bicycle & Pedestrians Caucus and subcommittee on shared parenting. Currently, he serves on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting and is Co-chair of the Boating Caucus. John also served on the panel reviewing expansion of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. In 2009, John served as House Chair of the Joint Committee on Tourism, Arts, & Cultural Development - a perfect fit for a native of such a historically rich community. He was a staunch advocate for the state’s tourism industry and provided significant leadership in support of arts education.

In 2011, Speaker DeLeo appointed John to House Chair of Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy. John enjoys the Committee’s challenge of ensuring long-term, affordable and stable energy supplies while also striving to achieve the state’s laudable renewable energy goals.

Personal Information

Profession: Attorney
Spouse: Kara McLaughlin
Children: 2
Interests: Public Education, PMC Challenge Ride (20 years)

Career Highlights

  • Successfully fighting for funding of both the new judicial center and new T parking garage in Salem have been John’s priorities in building Salem’s future
  • A former prosecutor and a former member of the Judiciary Committee , John was awarded the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Community Service Award for his efforts shepherding “the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation” through the legislative process
  • A leading co-sponsor of the State University system legislation, John pushed for recognition that Massachusetts state colleges were already universities. “Salem State College has long been the economic engine and back bone of the entire North Shore"
  • John was House Lead on the recently passed Energy Bill that protects Salem’s tax base, enables redevelopment of the city’s historic waterfront, and establishes a Task Force for the remediation and redevelopment of Salem Harbor Station.

Education & Public Service

  • Suffolk University Law School (J.D., 1992, with honors)
  • Harvard College (Economics, B.A., 1987, with honors)
  • Salem Public Schools
  • Mass. House (2005-Present)
  • Salem City Solicitor (2001-2004)
  • Salem Assistant City Solicitor (1996-2001)
  • Assistant District Attorney Essex County (1993-1994)
  • Representative John Keenan visiting with the Council on Aging

  • Representative John Keenan visiting a Farmer's Market

  • Representative John Keenan at Harborwalk

  • Representative John Keenan gives Welcome Letters about Literature

  • Representative John Keenan speaks at Harborwalk

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