BOSTON - Feb. 5, Dan Winslow, former Massachusetts Judge and Republican State Representative from Norfolk, announced today that he is forming an exploratory committee for U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy left by John Kerry.
"Today I'm taking the necessary steps to form an exploratory committee to test the waters for the U.S. Senate. We need to fix a broken Washington where progress is being hampered by partisan gridlock. If we continue to elect the same Washington politicians, we can not expect different results."
"The people of Massachusetts and all Americans deserve solutions from their elected officials. Washington needs to focus on problem solving and implement ideas that will create jobs and grow our economy," said Winslow
To follow the progress of this testing the waters effort, sign up for Dan Winslow's mobile messaging by texting DAN to 68398.
DAN WINSLOW, FORMER JUDGE and STATE REPRESENTATIVE
Married to Susan 24 years, 2 sons and a daughter. Children ages range from 22 to 17. Wife works as retail sales clerk.
Western Massachusetts native. Born in Northampton and raised in Amherst. Oldest of four brothers. Father: Joel, started working as an antennae repairman and then created a manufacturing company based in Chicopee. Mother: Dee, Registered Nurse
Elected to House of Representatives in 2010 with nearly 70% of the vote over Democratic opponent.
Legislative record as social moderate and fiscal conservative. Former President of the oldest Republican organization dedicated to preserving the memory and ideals of President Abraham Lincoln (www.themiddlesexclub.org)
Proven record as bipartisan problem solver. In 2012, voted with Democratic Majority in House 55%. Voted with GOP in House 98%.
Endorsed by Citizens for Limited Taxation (100% rating)
Endorsed by National Federation of Independent Business
B rating by the NRA
Endorsed by the Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (2010)
Public Service Reform Record
Trial Court Justice, Wrentham District Court, 1995-2002, including service as Managing Civil Justice for Southeastern Massachusetts, Cape & Islands
Awarded Foundation for the Improvement of Justice in America Award, based in Atlanta, for invention of Smart Calendar to make jury trial system more efficient
Won Pioneer Institute Better Government Competition Award for proposal to reduce delay and cost of civil justice system
Governor's Chief Legal Counsel to Mitt Romney, 2002-2004, serving as part of Governor's Senior Team during turnaround of Massachusetts fiscal crisis.
As Chief Counsel, developed "Trial Court Retained Revenue" concept that has saved hundreds of millions of dollars without cutting core services; oversaw implementation of Goodridge decision on gay marriage
Local elected office including Norfolk Planning Board and Town Moderator.
State Representative legislation includes co-sponsorship of alimony reform, judicial reform, human trafficking bill (all passed into law) and primary sponsorship of enacted legislation to update definition of "intellectual disability" so children and young adults in need receive necessary services (passed into law); "Legislator of the Year", Massachusetts Marine Trades Association
Graduate, Amherst Regional High School, 1976
BA, High Honors, Tufts University, 1980
JD, Honors, Boston College Law School, 1983
Senior Fellow, Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts (2006-2008)