Jen Caissie - MA Governor’s Councillor

 

Jen Caissie, Governor’s Councillor representing
Massachusetts’ 7th District

Since January 2011, the importance of the Governor’s Council has now become known to the people of Massachusetts. Recent coverage of the Council has highlighted the need for meaningful and fair scrutiny of lifetime appointments of judges and clerk magistrates. In addition, people now know that the Governor’s Council is the final approval of all members of the Massachusetts Parole Board. The role of the Council can literally have a life or death impact on the good citizens of Massachusetts.


I am proud to report in the wake of the murder of Woburn Police Officer John “Jack” Maguire, that I voted to put two prosecutors and a victims’ rights advocate on the Massachusetts Parole Board. The victims’ rights advocate was appointed on a 5 to 4 vote - this, perhaps, may be the proudest vote I will have ever taken. Victims and their families now have their rightful place in the process.

Jen Caissie

About Jen

Accountability on issues that matter to people has always been a priority for me. Public safety has always been important to me, personally and professionally. Protecting the public and ensuring that victims are treated with respect will play an important role in how I vote on the Council. If I am fortunate enough to be elected, as a member of the Governor’s Council I will ask judicial candidates the tough questions about their values and beliefs when it comes to public safety and victims’ rights. As an Attorney who practices criminal law, and as a special prosecutor and police commissioner, I fully appreciate the need to protect the public and the need for conscientious judges who care about public safety. I am committed to putting the public interest before special interests, and party politics.

Primarily, the Governor’s Council approves judges, clerks and votes of commutations and pardons. The Council also undertakes other tasks, but these are the most important. People who know me, know that I am a straight shooter and will vote to approve the best candidates, regardless of their political affiliation, last name or the size of the checks they donated to political candidates. I will ask the tough questions and fight for accountability and transparency on the Council, which means making the confirmation hearings more accessible to the public and looking into a judicial performance review process. I will not be a “good ole boy,” or "rubber-stamp" (to which the Council has been recently referred as).

Resume

      Professional

  1. Attorney - Full-time Diversified Law Practice (1998 to present)

  2. Oxford Selectwoman, 2003 to Present/ Chairman since 2005 to present

  3. Special Assistant District Attorney, Worcester County (For Select Cases)

  4. Corporator for the Webster Five Cents Savings Bank

  5. Member of the Harrington Memorial Hospital Corporation

  6. Adjunct Professor Quinsigamond Community College, 2000

  7. Adjunct Professor Quinebaug Valley Community College, 2001

  8. Worcester State College Trustee, 2002-2006

  9. Legislative Assistant; Massachusetts House of Representatives, 1997

  10. Legislative Assistant; Massachusetts Senate, 1996

  11. Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach/Graduate Asst., Nichols College 1998-2000

      Education

  1. Juris Doctor-New England School of Law

  2. Master of Business Administration B Nichols College

  3. Bachelor of Arts-Assumption College, Magna Cum Laude,

  4. Oxford High School

     Honors, Awards, and Activities

  1. Executive Case & Note Editor

    1. New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement (NEJCCC)

    2. Authored: Passing the Victims’ Right Amendment: A Nation’s March Towards a More Perfect Union, Volume 24 (June 1998) NEJCCC

  2. First female athlete from Oxford High School to receive a full Athletic Basketball Scholarship 1991-1995 (Assumption College)

  3. Patriot Newspaper Community Star Award

  4. Worcester Business Journal 40 Under 40 Award, 2001

  5. Community Service Award, Town of Oxford, 2000

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jen Caissie