WEMO luncheon speaker: Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito

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Friday, January 23, 2015, beginning at noon
Ballroom C, 3rd floor, Hynes Convention Center

WEMO luncheon speaker: Lt. Gov. Karyn PolitoIncoming Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito began her political career in her hometown of Shrewsbury, where she served as a selectman from 1995 to 1998. She went on to serve on the Massachusetts State Lottery Commission, and in 2000 was elected to represent the 11th Worcester District (Shrewsbury and two precincts in Westborough) in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

During her decade as a legislator, Polito advocated for local aid to cities and towns, Chapter 70 education aid, and special education funding. She was also a supporter of “Jessica’s Law,” enacted in 2008, which established mandatory minimum sentences for certain sexual assault crimes against children.

Polito was a ranking member of the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and served on several other committees, including the Joint Committee on Community Development and Small Business.

She filed legislation in 2003 to allow license plates to be issued with the insignias of the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund. The special plates have generated more than $7 million for the Jimmy Fund, which is overseen by the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Red Sox Foundation.

Polito ran unsuccessfully for state treasurer in 2010.

A lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Polito earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College in 1988 and a law degree from the New England School of Law in 1991.

Polito owns a commercial real estate development firm. She is a board member on the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Corridor Nine Area Chamber of Commerce, which encompasses Westborough, Northborough, Southborough, Shrewsbury and Grafton.