Steve Kerrigan, born in Central Massachusetts and raised in a small town called Lancaster (North Worcester), has risen up the ranks in politics–dedicating himself to almost two decades of public service for the Massachusetts government and several charities.
He has served as an appointed and elected leader in his hometown of Lancaster; he is a loyal and spirited public servant to U.S. Senator Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Attorney General Tom Reilly; and has served through two campaigns, in senior roles for President Barack Obama–he co-chaired on the Presidential Inaugural Committee, a post which the President asked him to fill after a two-year stint as CEO for the 2012 Democratic National Convention Committee (leading the most successful Presidential nominating convention ever!)
In our interview, he tells me first hand about his experience and relationship with the late great Sen. Ted Kennedy; and how it helped him to not only regain his passion for politics, but sit on senior position roles for the State–As chief of staff to Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly, Steve has helped set the agenda for the largest public law office in New England and has served as a top adviser to Reilly on all issues and with oversight of more than 440 employees and a $30 million budget.
His first priority as Lt. Governor is to make sure that the government reflects the whole of Massachusetts in terms of diversity and wants to chair a “competitive Commonwealth council,” where he can look at all aspects of life in Massachusetts and find ways to make Massachusetts competitive on a global scale–while balancing the budget.
Today, he is the first openly gay candidate to run for Lt. Governor in Massachusetts (and if he does win, he will be the first openly gay elected official in the United States) and serves as the President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund: a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing support, programs and services to the families of military service personnel from Massachusetts who have fallen in service to the United States since September 11, 2001.
To listen to our interview, click on the link below
To learn more about Steve Kerrigan, go to www.stevekerrigan.org