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John D. Keenan Representative

D Salem
John D. Keenan

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State House
Room 473B
Boston, MA 02133
Phone: 617-722-2263
Fax: 617-722-2160
Email: John.Keenan@mahouse.gov
District Office
27 Congress Street, Suite 414
Salem, MA 01970
Phone: (978) 745-8065
Fax: (978) 745-3369
Bill Docket Bill Title
SD1815 By Ms. O'Connor Ives, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Kathleen O'Connor Ives, John D. Keenan, Brian A. Joyce, Barry R. Finegold and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to child safety. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.61 SD1016 By Ms. O'Connor Ives, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 61) of Kathleen O'Connor Ives, James M. Cantwell, Josh S. Cutler, Stephen L. DiNatale and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to welfare reform. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.78 HD2945 By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 78) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to services for adults with developmental disabilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.151 HD1379 By Mr. Sannicandro of Ashland and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 151) of Tom Sannicandro and others for legislation to assist people with disabilities in realizing their rights and exercising their responsibilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.191 SD1587 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 191) of Karen E. Spilka, John D. Keenan, Martha M. Walz, Paul McMurtry and other members of the General Court for legislation to accelerate entrepreneurship and innovation by partnering world-class entrepreneurs with state agencies. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.200 SD1000 By Mr. Brewer, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 200) of Stephen M. Brewer, Todd M. Smola, James M. Murphy, Anne M. Gobi and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to geography education. Education.
H.226 HD2531 By Ms. Hogan of Stow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 226) of Kate Hogan and others relative to the listing of a business location of certain businesses in a telephone directory or database. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.389 SD802 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 389) of Marc R. Pacheco, John D. Keenan and Anne M. Gobi lfor legislation relative to recycling. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.457 HD2923 By Representatives Peisch of Wellesley and Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 457) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others relative to improving the quality of education by reviving the foundation budget review commission. Education.
H.477 HD2656 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 477) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to improve quality in early education centers and providing better access to quality early education and care. Education.
H.573 HD293 By Ms. DiZoglio of Methuen, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 573) of Diana DiZoglio and others relative to municipal election ballots . Election Laws.
H.623 HD1468 By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 623) of Jerald A. Parisella and others relative to voting overseas. Election Laws.
H.658 HD3036 By Mr. Beaton of Shrewsbury, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 658) of Matthew A. Beaton and others for legislation to authorize the Commonwealth to enter into an interstate compact for the enforcement of certain wildlife protection laws. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
H.714 HD788 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 714) of Anne M. Gobi and others relative to bow and arrow hunting season. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.741 SD1690 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 741) of Robert L. Hedlund, Thomas M. Stanley, Martha M. Walz, John P. Fresolo and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent animal cruelty. The Judiciary.
S.815 SD1667 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 815) of Bruce E. Tarr, Matthew A. Beaton, Katherine M. Clark, Angelo L. D'Emilia and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance assessment information of the sexual offender registration board. The Judiciary.
S.875 SD1128 By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 875) of Michael O. Moore and John D. Keenan for legislation relative to the creative economy. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.908 SD777 By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 908) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.909 SD781 By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 909) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, William N. Brownsberger, Michael J. Rodrigues, Richard J. Ross and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to services for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.981 HD1537 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 981) of John W. Scibak and others for legislation relative to financial services contracts for dental benefits corporations. Financial Services.
H.984 HD2669 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 984) of John W. Scibak and others relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. Financial Services.
H.1075 HD3186 By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1075) of Jerald A. Parisella and others relative to financial penalties of active duty military personnel withdrawing from postsecondary courses. Higher Education.
H.1127 HD3170 By Mr. Honan of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1127) of Kevin G. Honan and others for legislation to provide financing for the production and preservation of housing for low and moderate income residents. Housing.
H.1232 HD3309 By Representative Brodeur of Melrose and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1232) of Paul Brodeur, Katherine M. Clark and others relative to sex offenders and the protection of children. The Judiciary.
H.1422 HD2004 By Ms. Keefe of Worcester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1422) of Mary S. Keefe and others relative to the penalties for debarred contractors participating in certain contracts. The Judiciary.
H.1432 HD773 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1432) of Kay Khan and others relative to youthful offenders and criminal offender record information. The Judiciary.
S.1672 SD442 By Mr. Kennedy, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1672) of Thomas P. Kennedy, Bradford Hill, John D. Keenan, Alice Hanlon Peisch and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Save Our Children's Sight Fund. Transportation.
S.1712 SD1673 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1712) of Bruce E. Tarr, Theodore C. Speliotis, Carlo Basile, John D. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation to enhance the license plate system of the Commonwealth. Transportation.
H.1727 HD2520 By Mr. Golden of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1727) of Thomas A. Golden, Jr. and others for legislation to limit indemnity and insurance responsiblity for general contractors and subcontractors in construction work. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1751 HD497 By Mr. Murphy of Lowell, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1751) of Kevin J. Murphy and others relative to retainage payments in certain construction projects. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1794 HD1658 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1794) of Kay Khan and others for legislation to ensure access to Department of Mental Health services for certain individuals with autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.1854 SD1865 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Brian M. Ashe, Bruce J. Ayers, Jay F. Barrows and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote motor vehicle safety. Transportation.
H.1888 HD3401 By Ms. Atkins of Concord, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1888) of Cory Atkins and others relative to providing for health care consumer rights and providing incentives and immunities for health care providers. Public Health.
H.1976 HD1645 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1976) of Anne M. Gobi, Michael O. Moore and John D. Keenan that the Department of Public Health and municipal boards of health issue emergency permits for the trapping of animals suspected of having rabies. Public Health.
H.1981 HD39 By Mrs. Haddad of Somerset, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1981) of Patricia A. Haddad and others relative to the modernization of optometric patient care. Public Health.
H.1985 HD2539 By Ms. Hogan of Stow and Senator Spilka, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1985) of Kate Hogan and others relative to the release of a body by the medical examiner to a person charged with an offense which resulted in the death of the deceased. Public Health.
H.1998 HD1183 By Mr. Kafka of Stoughton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1998) of Louis L. Kafka and others relative to providing care and comfort for the terminally ill. Public Health.
H.2008 HD446 By Ms. Khan of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2008) of Kay Khan and others relative to certified professional midwives. Public Health.
H.2669 HD2532 By Messrs. McMurtry of Dedham and Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2669) of Paul McMurtry, Nick Collins and others for legislation to establish a live theater infrastructure tax credit program. Revenue.
H.2830 HD2461 By Mr. Jones of North Reading, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2830) of Bradley H. Jones, Jr. and others relative to the failure to file certain reports by candidates under the campaign finance laws. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2864 HD1991 By Ms. Peisch of Wellesley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2864) of Alice Hanlon Peisch and others for legislation to designate Ms. G of the Massachusetts Audubon Society as the official groundhog of the Commonwealth. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2882 HD3192 By Mr. Scibak of South Hadley, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2882) of John W. Scibak and others for the annual proclamation by the Governor setting apart May 4th as PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day, to raise awareness of the occurrence of pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2945 HD1886 By Ms. Hogan of Stow, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2945) of Kate Hogan and others for legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles . Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
H.3116 HD1434 By Mr. Parisella of Beverly, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3116) of Jerald A. Parisella and others for legislation to authorize certain veterans to use facilities of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and regional transit authorities without cost to such veterans. Transportation.
H.3153 HD1119 By Mr. Straus of Mattapoisett, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3153) of William M. Straus and others relative to the installation of live digital video school bus violation detection monitoring systems . Transportation.
H.3204 HD1444 By Messrs. Parisella of Beverly and Brodeur of Melrose, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3204) of Jerald A. Parisella and others relative to employment for members of the armed forces returning from active duty. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.3253 HD2678 By Mr. Linsky of Natick, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3253) of David Paul Linsky and others relative to further regulating the licensing, sale and possession of firearms and increasing the tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.3277 HD1332 By Ms. Reinstein of Revere and Senator Timilty, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3277) of Kathi-Anne Reinstein and others that the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security in cooperation with the Criminal History Systems Board establish a secondary metals registry and further regulating the licensing of secondary metals dealers. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.3572 HD3713 By Messrs. Binienda of Worcester and Naughton of Clinton, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of John J. Binienda and others relative to the compensation of the chief probation officers of the Trial Court. The Judiciary.
H.3825 HD3965 By Mr. Hunt of Sandwich, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Randy Hunt and others for an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to mandated treatment and monitoring of nonviolent offenders with substance addictions. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.3917 HD4124 By Representative Speliotis of Danvers and Senator Tarr, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Theodore C. Speliotis, Bruce E. Tarr and others for legislation to authorize the lease of property at Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.3959 HD4153 By Representative Speliotis of Danvers and Senator Lovely, a joint petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Theodore C. Speliotis, Joan B. Lovely and others for legislation to authorize employees of the Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical School District to participate in certain benefit programs administered by the Commonwealth. Public Service.
H.4037 Text of an amendment (offered by Mr. DeLeo of Winthrop and other members of the House) to the Senate Bill enhancing protection for victims of domestic violence (Senate, No. 1897). April 8, 2014.

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 at Harborwalk

  • Representative John Keenan visiting with the Council on Aging

  • Representative John Keenan visiting a Farmer's Market

  • Representative John Keenan gives Welcome Letters about Literature

  • Representative John Keenan speaks at Harborwalk

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