Karyn Polito was inaugurated on January 8th, 2015 as the 72nd Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, having served previously in both the public and private sector.
Since taking office, Lt. Governor Polito has travelled across the state to work with people on making Massachusetts a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Lt. Governor Polito chairs the Community Compact Cabinet, which was created by Governor Charlie Baker shortly after coming into office, and focuses on elevating the administration’s local partnerships. Since the program’s inception, Lt. Governor Polito has signed a compact with every one of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts covering a total of 835 best practices.
Through extensive conversations with local officials and other municipal stakeholders, the Baker-Polito Administration filed legislation described as "the most significant reform of municipal governance in more than 50 years.” Lt. Governor Polito championed the bill, shepherded it through the legislative process and joined with Governor Baker as he signed the measure into law.
As chair of the Seaport Economic Council, Lt. Governor Polito works with Massachusetts' 78 coastal communities to leverage their unique assets to drive sustainable regional growth. The council’s capital grant program supports working waterfronts, local tourism, coastal resiliency, and maritime innovation, from the North Shore to Cape Cod and the South Coast.
Preventing sexual assault and domestic violence have been priorities for Lt. Governor Polito throughout her public life, and she now serves as chair of the Governor’s Council to Address Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Under her leadership, the Council has assessed the implementation of the Commonwealth’s domestic violence laws, as well as launched working groups in five priority areas, including child trafficking and prevention education in schools and universities.
Lt. Governor Polito serves as co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council, along with Congressman Joe Kennedy and Vertex CEO Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, and works hard to ensure that all students have access to comprehensive Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education and are inspired and prepared for careers in STEM fields. The administration is focused on closing the skills gap and recently expanded programming with local companies to offer high school students STEM internships
Lt. Governor Polito began her public service in local government, serving as a member of the Shrewsbury Board of Selectmen, and in 2001 was elected state representative, representing the residents of the 11th Worcester District (Shrewsbury and Westborough) for five terms. In her time on Beacon Hill, Lt. Governor Polito was a leading advocate for the passage of "Jessica's Law," a bill which would establish tough mandatory minimum sentences for child sex offenders. She also advocated for a safer Commonwealth by filing legislation in a number of key areas like cracking down on drunk drivers, requiring defibrillators in public schools, and strengthening the experience requirements for young drivers.
Lt. Governor Polito is a graduate of Worcester’s Holy Name Central Catholic High School, Boston College and the New England School of Law. She is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury where she owns and operates a commercial real estate development firm and lives with her husband, Stephan M. Rodolakis, and two young children, Bobby and Judy.