Bill Docket Bill Title
SD15 For legislation to ensure parity for mental health and substance abuse treatment
SD39 For legislation relative to compliance of condominium associations.
HD124 Relative to the compensation of chief probation officers of the Trial Court
SD223 For legislation to establish a moratorium for charter schools
SD235 For legislation relative to patient safety
SD307 For legislation to establish civil and criminal penalties for the female genital mutilation of minors.
SD315 For legislation relative to employees social media privacy protection.
HD343 Relative to insurance coverage for pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with streptococcal infections and pediatric acute-onset neuropsychiatric syndrome
SD398 For legislation relative to equal access to public places regardless of gender identity.
HD460 Relative to consent and counseling of pregnant women under sixteen years of age
SD466 For legislation to ensure continued humane animal care and protect family farms in Massachusetts.
SD494 For legislation relative to transparency in private utility construction contracts.
SD496 For legislation relative to employee benefits reporting.
HD604 Relative to the compensation of the chief probation officers of the Trial Court
SD656 For legislation to keep people healthy by removing barriers to cost-effective care.
SD673 For legislation to prevent wage theft and promote employer accountability
HD735 For legislation to authorize the Department of Telecommunications and Cable and the Department of Public Utilities to regulate the use of double utility poles
SD809 For legislation relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements
HD826 For legislation to require coverage for community and home-based behavioral health care services for certain children and adolescents with mental health disorders
SD848 For legislation relative to the failure to remove existing poles
SD877 For legislation relative to the illegal occupation of a building
SD924 For legislation to ensure healthcare coverage for youth who have aged-out of the department of children and families.
SD971 For legislation relative to energy efficiency funds generated by municipal lighting plants
SD974 For legislation to protect animals during pet sales.
SD983 For legislation relative to the geographical jurisdiction of the Housing Court Department
SD984 For legislation relative to the office of the child advocate
SD985 For legislation relative to Lyme Disease treatment coverage
SD987 For legislation relative to financial literacy in schools
HD1016 That the Department of Mental Health operate a statewide program to provide mental health consultations to primary care physicians, pediatricians, nurse practitioners and providers of women who suffer from post-partum depression
SD1026 For legislation to update privacy protections for personal electronic information.
HD1049 Relative to credible service for school nurses
HD1063 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
SD1071 For legislation to provide municipal control of liquor licenses.
HD1188 That the Commissioner of Insurance be directed to make a bi-annual investigation relative to flood insurance rates
SD1198 For legislation relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
SD1200 For legislation relative to modernizing tobacco control and protecting the health of minors
SD1231 For legislation to strengthen the enforcement of certain dog laws.
SD1266 For legislation to direct the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to assess the current status of the commonwealth’s transportation system.
HD1311 For legislation to require the dredging of the harbor area surrounding Houghs Neck in the city of Quincy
SD1314 For legislation to establish a commission relative to group purchasing of health insurance for private sector human service workers
SD1357 For legislation relative to regional transportation ballot initiatives.
SD1362 For legislation relative to student sex education.
SD1381 For legislation to prevent prescription drug abuse by closing the pharmacy shopping loophole
SD1387 For legislation to decriminalize non-violent and verbal student misconduct
SD1392 For legislation relative to state contracting
SD1417 For legislation relative to medical placement of terminal and incapacitated inmates.
SD1441 For legislation to stabilize the commonwealth’s nursing facilities.
SD1470 For legislation to create a means for tracking the unmet need of individuals with developmental disabilities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
SD1522 For legislation to provide for safe patient handling
HD1526 Relative to requiring child-resistant packaging of nicotine liquid containers
HD1598 For legislation to clarify the definition of affordable housing to include mobile homes
SD1626 For legislation to provide equal access to evaluations for children with disabilities.
SD1629 For legislation to provide equal access to medical treatments essential for people with autism.
SD1669 For legislation to reinvest in working families
HD1684 An Act related to unfunded mandates on public schools
SD1762 For legislation relative to universal early education and full-day kindergarten.
HD1776 For legislation to update penalties and protect electronic privacy
HD1834 For legislation to support the transition to adult services for persons with disabilities
HD1846 For legislation to regulate sex offender registration in the 21st century
HD1863 An Act Relative to the Charter of the Town of Abington Creating a Department of Public Works
HD1988 For the adoption of resolutions memorializing the Congress of the United States to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider amendments to the Constitution to limit the influence of money in our political system
HD2070 For legislation to establish a task force to identify and review state laws, regulations, and administrative directives that prescribe requirements for school districts
HD2477 Relative to protecting Department of Children and Families social workers’ home addresses
HD2587 Relative to the registered land in the office of an assistant recorder
HD2792 For legislation relative to infectious disease control.
HD3160 Relative to insurance payments for use of ambulance services
HD3255 An Act relative to strengthening background checks
HD3407 For legislation to permit reviews by the Department of Environmental Protection of the financial assurance mechanisms concerning former landfill sites subject to post-closure requirements
HD3414 For legislation to direct the Attorney General to provide for a study of the methodology used to promulgate new flood insurance rate maps through the National Flood Insurance Program
HD3444 For an investigation by a special commission (including members of the General Court) relative to enhancing tourism at the State House
HD3466 For legislation to mandate restroom breaks for public transit employees


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 and Family

  • Senator John F. Keenan

  • Senator John F. Keenan with Veterans

  • 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.