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S.23 SD140 By Ms. Candaras, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 23) of Gale D. Candaras, Denise Andrews, John F. Keenan, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide personal care attendant orientation . Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.26 SD236 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 26) of Karen E. Spilka, Anthony W. Petruccelli, John Hart, Jr., James F. Burke, Jr., Mass. Sheriff's Assoc. and other members of the General Court for legislation to expand juvenile jurisdiction, increase public safety and protect children from harm. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
S.66 SD871 By Mr. Welch, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 66) of James T. Welch, John F. Keenan and Sal N. DiDomenico for legislation to clarify the definition of personal care attendant. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.87 HD523 By Mr. Cusack of Braintree, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 87) of Mark J. Cusack and others for legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.135 HD364 By Representative O'Day of West Boylston and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 135) of James J. O'Day and others relative to housing and support services to unaccompanied homeless youth. Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities.
H.192 HD1809 By Mr. Chan of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 192) of Tackey Chan and others relative to pipefitter licensing and inspections. Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure.
S.207 SD1419 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 207) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Katherine M. Clark, Barry R. Finegold, Danielle W. Gregoire and other members of the General Court for legislation to revive the Foundation Budget Review Commission. Education.
S.209 SD34 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 209) of Katherine M. Clark, Jason M. Lewis, John W. Scibak, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation realtive to healthy youth and sex education. Education.
S.210 SD168 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 210) of Katherine M. Clark, Martha M. Walz, Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to safe and supportive schools. Education.
S.214 SD1163 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by resolve, Senate, No. 214) of Katherine M. Clark, Kay Khan, Patricia D. Jehlen, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to ensure student progression. Education.
S.288 SD1653 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 288) of Harriette L. Chandler, Richard T. Moore, Bruce E. Tarr, Jennifer L. Flanagan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the Commonwealth's nursing facilities. Elder Affairs.
H.311 HD3318 By Representative Cabral of New Bedford and Senator Downing, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 311) of Antonio F. D. Cabral, Benjamin B. Downing and others for legislation to promote transformative development in gateway cities. Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
S.332 SD496 By Mr. Rosenberg, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 332) of Stanley C. Rosenberg, Kay Khan, Michael F. Rush, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect the integrity of initiative and referendum petitions. Election Laws.
S.401 SD1095 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 401) of Karen E. Spilka, Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Thomas M. Stanley, Denise Provost and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animals during pet sales. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.488 SD462 By Mr. Rodrigues, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 488) of Michael J. Rodrigues, John F. Keenan, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Kay Khan and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a consumer bill of rights in tiered and reduced network health plans. Financial Services.
S.554 SD1499 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 554) of Richard T. Moore, Kay Khan, Anne M. Gobi, Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect health care reform funding. Health Care Financing.
S.631 SD62 By Mr. Brownsberger, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 631) of William N. Brownsberger, Ruth B. Balser, Patricia D. Jehlen, Karen E. Spilka and other members of the General Court for legislation to decriminalize non-violent and verbal student misconduct. The Judiciary.
S.643 SD568 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 643) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Benjamin B. Downing, Cynthia S. Creem, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to equal access to public places regardless of gender identity. The Judiciary.
H.656 HD2273 By Mr. Ayers of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 656) of Bruce J. Ayers and John F. Keenan relative to authorizing and directing the Division of Waterways to dredge the harbor area surrounding the Squantum Yacht Club and Wollaston Yacht Club in Quincy. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.718 SD701 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 718) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael J. Rodrigues, Martin J. Walsh, Tackey Chan and other members of the General Court for legislation relating to assault and battery on public employees. The Judiciary.
S.739 SD898 By Mr. Hedlund, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 739) of Robert L. Hedlund, John F. Keenan and Michael R. Knapik for legislation to enhance Melanie's Law. The Judiciary.
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.
H.765 HD2959 By Messrs. McMurtry of Dedham and Koczera of New Bedford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 765) of Paul McMurtry and others for legislation to reduce the total amount of solid waste disposed of by means of landfill and incineration. Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture.
S.770 SD33 By Mr. Michael O. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 770) of Michael O. Moore, John F. Keenan, Michael R. Knapik and Paul K. Frost for legislation relative to assault and battery on a police officer. The Judiciary.
S.847 SD611 By Ms. Chang-Diaz, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 847) of Sonia Chang-Diaz, Sal N. DiDomenico, James B. Eldridge, Kenneth J. Donnelly and other members of the General Court for legislation to econmically stabilize displaced service workers. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.858 SD782 By Mr. Eldridge, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 858) of James B. Eldridge, Benjamin B. Downing, Marc R. Pacheco, Jason M. Lewis and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish uniform wage compliance and recordkeeping. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.863 HD122 By Mr. Cantwell of Marshfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 863) of James M. Cantwell and others relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services. Financial Services.
S.877 SD674 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 877) of Marc R. Pacheco, Sal N. DiDomenico, Thomas M. McGee, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation to extend safety protections to employees of the executive branch of the Commonwealth. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.878 SD752 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 878) of Marc R. Pacheco, Daniel A. Wolf, Michael D. Brady, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the minimum wage. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.882 SD488 By Mr. Petruccelli, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 882) of Anthony W. Petruccelli, Katherine M. Clark, Sal N. DiDomenico, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a domestic workers bill of rights. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.900 SD861 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 900) of Daniel A. Wolf, Patricia D. Jehlen, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish earned paid sick time. Labor and Workforce Development.
S.907 SD1265 By Mr. Downing, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 907) of Benjamin B. Downing, John F. Keenan and William Smitty Pignatelli for legislation relative to the use of buprenorphine in opioid dependence treatment. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
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.995 HD577 By Mr. Walsh of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 995) of Martin J. Walsh and others relative to the definition of licensed mental health professional under the insurance laws. Financial Services.
S.995 SD697 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 995) of Harriette L. Chandler, Frank I. Smizik, Gale D. Candaras, William N. Brownsberger and other members of the General Court for legislation to authorize certain pharmacy interns to administer immunizations. Public Health.
S.999 SD35 By Ms. Clark, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 999) of Katherine M. Clark, William N. Brownsberger, John W. Scibak, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the responsible counseling of pregnant women. Public Health.
S.1079 SD1455 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1079) of Richard T. Moore, Michael J. Rodrigues, Michael F. Rush, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to nurses and medications. Public Health.
S.1108 SD879 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1108) of Daniel A. Wolf, Kenneth J. Donnelly, Cleon H. Turner, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to limit outsourcing of the Massachusetts Health Care Workforce. Public Health.
S.1137 SD265 By Ms. Flanagan, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1137) of Jennifer L. Flanagan, Stephen L. DiNatale, Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., Michael J. Rodrigues and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to police pursuits in the Commonwealth. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1171 SD447 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1171) of Karen E. Spilka, William N. Brownsberger, John W. Scibak, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to prevent shackling and promote safe pregnancies for female inmates. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
S.1192 SD696 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1192) of James E. Timilty, Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, John H. Rogers, Bruce J. Ayers and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the illegal occupation of a building. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.1252 HD1835 By Mr. Chan of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1252) of Tackey Chan and others for legislation to regulate sex offender registration in the 21st century. The Judiciary.
H.1287 HD2976 By Mr. deMacedo of Plymouth, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1287) of Viriato Manuel deMacedo and others relative to clarifying procedures for the custodial protection by law enforcement and court officials of a child requiring assistance. The Judiciary.
S.1298 SD924 By Mr. Timilty, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1298) of James E. Timilty, Michael O. Moore, Mark J. Cusack, Paul J. Donato and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the sanctity of collective bargaining. Public Service.
H.1337 HD191 By Mr. Galvin of Canton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1337) of William C. Galvin and others relative to fees by paid to the Registry of Deeds. The Judiciary.
H.1341 HD3078 By Mr. Garballey of Arlington, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1341) of Sean Garballey and others relative to actions against health clubs or their employees that arise in connection with the use or non-use of defibrillators. The Judiciary.
H.1456 HD691 By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1456) of Jason M. Lewis and others for legislation to impose a penalty for the confinement of farm animals in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up, and fully extend their limbs. The Judiciary.
S.1472 SD1023 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1472) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Christopher G. Fallon, Peter V. Kocot, James J. O'Day and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to state contracting. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1563 SD874 By Mr. Wolf, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1563) of Daniel A. Wolf, John F. Keenan, Ruth B. Balser, Elizabeth A. Poirier and other members of the General Court for legislation to create an annual Service and Volunteerism day. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
S.1570 SD91 By Ms. Chandler, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1570) of Harriette L. Chandler, Gale D. Candaras, John F. Keenan and Alice Hanlon Peisch for legislation relative to injury caused by poles, wires, cables and apparatus. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1572 SD705 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1572) of Cynthia S. Creem, Alice Hanlon Peisch, James B. Eldridge, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal light plants. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1576 SD1199 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1576) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Michael F. Rush, Tackey Chan, Mark J. Cusack and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1588 SD522 By Ms. Creem, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1588) of Cynthia S. Creem, Benjamin B. Downing, Daniel A. Wolf, Martha M. Walz and other members of the General Court for legislation to update the bottle bill . Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1594 SD379 By Mr. Hart, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1594) of John Hart, Jr., Michael F. Rush, Tackey Chan, Mark J. Cusack and other members of the General Court for legislation to promote the safe operation of utility vaults. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
S.1653 SD918 By Mr. DiDomenico, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1653) of Sal N. DiDomenico, Michael F. Rush, John F. Keenan, Josh S. Cutler and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide for the enhanced protection of the dig safe law. Transportation.
S.1655 SD1028 By Mr. Donnelly, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1655) of Kenneth J. Donnelly, Daniel A. Wolf, Christine E. Canavan, Sal N. DiDomenico and other members of the General Court for legislation to establish a more equitable public transit fare structure. Transportation.
H.1663 HD909 By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1663) of Cleon H. Turner and others relative to restricting the use of marijuana. The Judiciary.
H.1664 HD915 By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1664) of Cleon H. Turner and others relative to rental property and medical marijuana. The Judiciary.
S.1696 SD1015 By Mr. Pacheco, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1696) of Marc R. Pacheco, John F. Keenan and Michael D. Brady for legislation relative to restroom breaks for public transit. Transportation.
S.1707 SD1144 By Ms. Spilka, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1707) of Karen E. Spilka, John F. Keenan, Sal N. DiDomenico, Barry R. Finegold and other members of the General Court for legislation to provide for public input into public transit decisions. Transportation.
S.1731 SD504 By Mr. Hart, a petition (accompanied by bill, Senate, No. 1731) of John Hart, Jr., William C. Galvin, Christopher G. Fallon, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation relative to shelter benefits for veterans. Veterans and Federal Affairs.
H.1766 HD517 By Ms. Story of Amherst and Senator Clark, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1766) of Ellen Story and others for legislation to address workplace bullying, mobbing, and harrassment, without regard to protected class status. Labor and Workforce Development.
H.1784 HD467 By Ms. Balser of Newton, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1784) of Ruth B. Balser and others for legislation relative to proportional payments of the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1787 HD1339 By Ms. Forry of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1787) of Linda Dorcena Forry and others for legislation to increase access to mental health facilities for women in the Commonwealth. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1796 HD1225 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1796) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to behavioral health managed care organizations. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1798 HD1227 By Ms. Malia of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1798) of Elizabeth A. Malia and others relative to mental health and substance abuse clinics. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
H.1799 HD1235 By Representative Malia of Boston and Senator Flanagan, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1799) of Elizabeth A. Malia, Jennifer L. Flanagan and others relative to mental health services for children. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.1821 Text of amendment number (89) relative to raising the age limit on juvenile jurisdiction offered by Ms. Creem to the Ways and Means amendment (Senate, No. 3)
S.1825 Text of amendment number (222) updating the bottle bill offered by Ms. Creem to the Ways and Means amendment (Senate, No. 3)
S.1914 SD1898 By Mr. Tarr, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Bruce E. Tarr, Robert L. Hedlund, Richard J. Ross, Linda Campbell and other members of the General Court for legislation to protect animal welfare and safety. The Judiciary.
H.1917 HD3358 By Mr. Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1917) of Nick Collins and others relative to the regulation and oversight of medical marijuana. Public Health.
S.1959 SD1927 By Mr. Joyce, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Brian A. Joyce, Stanley C. Rosenberg, Ruth B. Balser, John F. Keenan and other members of the General Court for legislation to ensure parity for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Mental Health and Substance Abuse.
S.1963 SD1942 By Mr. Richard T. Moore, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Richard T. Moore, Michael O. Moore, John F. Keenan, Brian A. Joyce and other members of the General Court for legislation to designate June fourteenth as the birthday of the United States Army and June ninth as General Sylvanus Thayer Day. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2060 HD482 By Mr. Puppolo of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2060) of Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr. and others for legislation to include pharmacists in the definition of healthcare providers. Public Health.
H.2084 HD2613 By Representative Sciortino of Medford and Senator Jehlen, a joint petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2084) of Carl M. Sciortino, Jr., Patricia D. Jehlen and others that the Department of Public Health develop criteria and provide recommendations for removing barriers to cost-effective health care. Public Health.
H.2101 HD911 By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2101) of Cleon H. Turner and others relative to clarifying municipal regulations regarding medical marijuana. The Judiciary.
H.2102 HD913 By Mr. Turner of Dennis, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2102) of Cleon H. Turner and others realtive to property rights and medical marijuana. The Judiciary.
H.2124 HD1193 By Mr. Brodeur of Melrose, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2124) of Paul Brodeur and others for legislation requiring carbon monoxide alarms in all residential, governmental and commercial structures. Public Safety and Homeland Security.
H.2263 HD607 By Ms. Coakley-Rivera of Springfield, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2263) of Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera and others for legislation to provide special line of duty death benefits to public safety officers. Public Service.
H.2312 HD1342 By Mr. Fernandes of Milford, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2312) of John V. Fernandes and others for legislation to prohibit mandatory polygraph testing for persons applying to become police officers. Public Service.
H.2587 HD804 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2587) of Anne M. Gobi and others for legislation relative to the senior circuit breaker tax credit. Revenue.
H.2588 HD805 By Ms. Gobi of Spencer, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2588) of Anne M. Gobi and others for legislation to establish a municipal gas tax exemption. Revenue.
H.2646 HD687 By Mr. Lewis of Winchester, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2646) of Jason M. Lewis and others to eliminate the tax deduction for direct to consumer pharmaceutical marketing. Revenue.
H.2739 HD389 By Mr. Smizik of Brookline, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2739) of Frank I. Smizik and others relative to Norfolk County revenues and expenditures. Revenue.
H.2780 HD2867 By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2780) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to the collection of certain fees. State Administration and Regulatory Oversight.
H.2924 HD2213 By Mr. Collins of Boston, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 2924) of Nick Collins and others relative to the safe operation of utility vaults. Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy.
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.3363 HD2812 By Mr. Bradley of Hingham, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3363) of Garrett J. Bradley and others relative to county pension liability funding. Revenue.
H.3384 HD3569 By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Ronald Mariano, Mark J. Cusack and John F. Keenan for legislation to establish a sick leave bank for Elaine Provencher, an employee of the Department of Public Health. Public Service.
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.3639 HD3836 By Mr. Sánchez of Boston, a petition (subject to Joint Rule 12) of Jeffrey Sánchez and others for legislation to prohibit the sale to minors of electronic devices used to deliver liquid nicotine vapor. Public Health.
H.3814 HD3978 By Mr. Mariano of Quincy, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3814) of Ronald Mariano and others (with the approval of the mayor and city council) for legislation to clarify the governance and structure of Quincy College as a municipal college and department of the city of Quincy. Municipalities and Regional Government. [Local Approval Received.]

John Keenan was born the fourth of seven children of Philip and Loretta Keenan. His father worked in the mailing room of the Record American, and then the Boston Herald, while his mother worked at Filene’s and CNA Insurance. John was raised in Quincy and attended the Quincy Public Schools, graduating in 1982 from North Quincy High School. He went to Harvard University, earning his way through by working in the athletic department equipment room. He worked summers in the State Legislature as an intern in then Representative Michael Morrissey’s office, and as an intern in the Attorney General’s office. He also worked the Saturday overnight shift at the Herald. John graduated with honors from Harvard in 1986, with a government concentration. Three years later, he graduated from Suffolk University Law School. In May 2005, he received a certificate of recognition upon completion of a nine-month seminar program on municipal governance and policy at the Rappaport Institute at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

After law school, John worked first as a litigator, then as a public defender, followed by work as an attorney combating insurance fraud. He is admitted to practice in all Massachusetts State Courts, the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

While in law school, John was appointed to serve as the Chairperson of the Quincy Mayor’s Commission on Handicapped Affairs, and was then appointed to the Quincy Zoning Board of Appeals, on which he served for seven years. In 1997 he was appointed Executive Secretary in the administration of Quincy Mayor Jim Sheets. As Executive Secretary he managed 22 municipal department heads and was responsible for the preparation and presentation of Quincy’s budget and the review of all financial matters. In 2001, John became Executive Director of the Norfolk County Retirement System, a public pension system with approximately 10,000 active and retired members, and assets of over $500 million .

While serving as Executive Director of the Norfolk County Retirement System, in 2003 John was appointed to the Quincy City Council to fill a vacant seat, and was elected Councilor at Large in 2004. He was re-elected Councilor at Large four times, the last time as the top vote getter. He served as Chairman of the Council’s Finance Committee for eight years. In 2010 John ran for the State Senate, Norfolk and Plymouth district. He won the democratic primary and in the final election beat his republican and independent opposition. He finished the final year of his term on the Quincy City Council while beginning his term in the State Senate.

John’s first term in the Senate was marked by hard work and effective advocacy on behalf of his district. As a first year legislator, he quickly succeeded in passing a home rule petition critical to the $1.5 billion redevelopment of downtown Quincy. He sheparded through the Senate legislation that allowed for the design/build of the Petersen Pool and a track at the Braintree High School, as well as a supplemental appropriation and land transfer legislation for the Rockland senior center project, funding for school grounds work in Holbrook, and school work in Abington.

As Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, John authored An Act Relative to Prescription Drug Diversion, Abuse and Addiction, legislation which has been described as “life saving” and “a model”, and which was signed into the law by Governor Patrick on August 18, 2012. He was actively engaged in Senate debate on municipal health care and pension reform, calling for responsible changes in both areas, and was an outspoken opponent of the gaming legislation, arguing that the legislation promised too little in return compared to the social costs associated with gaming. In January 2013 John was appointed Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Health. He also serves on the following committees: Financial Services; Revenue; Judiciary; State Administration and Regulatory Oversight; Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities; and, Senate Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures and State Assets, of which he is the Vice-Chair .

John resides at 37 Hobomack Road with his wife, Jeanne Hopkins, and their three children. He is a member of the Merrymount Association, the Ward One Democratic Committee, the Quincy City Club, Friends of the Thomas Crane

Personal Information

Profession: Legislator/Attorney
Spouse: JeanneMarie
Children: 3
Religion: Catholic

Career Highlights

  • Sworn in as State Senator, January 5, 2011
  • Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse 2011 - 2013
  • Senate Chair, Joint Committee on Public Health 2013 - present

Education & Public Service

  • North Quincy High School
  • Harvard University, B.A., Government Concentration, 1986
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D. 1989
  • Executive Secretary to the Mayor, City of Quincy, 1997 – 2001
  • Executive Director, Norfolk County Retirement System, 2001 – 2011
  • Quincy City Councilor at Large, 2003 – 2012
  • Chairman, Quincy City Council Finance Committee, 2004 - 2012; Liaison, Quincy City Council to Veteran’s Council
  • Senator John F. Keenan with Veterans

  • Senator John F. Keenan and Family

  • Senator John F. Keenan

  • Senator John F. Keenan and Senate President Murray

Norfolk and Plymouth -- Consisting of the city of Quincy and the towns of Braintree, precincts 3, 3A, 4, 4A, 5, 5A, 6 and 6A and Holbrook in the county of Norfolk; the towns of Abington and Rockland in the county of Plymouth.

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