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John Keenan (D-Salem)
















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Proud of Past Accomplishments—Excited about Building for the Future

As I look forward to the November elections, I am proud to reflect on the many accomplishments that we have achieved as a community, and look forward to embarking on a number of new opportunities in the years ahead.

Over the past term, we in Salem have been fortunate enough to witness the culmination of numerous projects. From the grand opening of the J. Michael Ruane Judicial Center in our historic downtown, to the revitalization of Blaney Street Warf, to the near-completion of the new library at Salem State University, Salem is truly thriving as it continues to develop in nearly every area of the city. In the months to come, we can look forward to renovations of the Family & Probate Court and planning for re-use of the District Court and County Commissioner’s Building, in addition to the construction of a new MBTA train station and the anticipated redevelopment of the 62 acre waterfront site, formerly home to Salem Harbor Station.

Indeed, we have much to be grateful for with the public investment in the City of Salem.

Rep. Keenan speaks at the Democratic victory party November 2, 2010 at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem. 
Photo by Kirk R. Williamson/Salem Gazette

On Beacon Hill, this past legislative session also proved to be a success story for a number of long-awaited and much needed initiatives. Reforms were passed with regard to health care cost control, pensions, EBT uses, and election laws. Bills focused on crime control cracked down on human trafficking in the Commonwealth and on repeat violent offenders, in addition to legislation affording equal protection for transgender individuals. Legislation aimed at job growth and legalizing casino gaming served as responses to our difficult economic times, and local aid served as a top priority in our final budget product.

Though much has been accomplished, there is still much to do! Top priorities next session will be addressing the rising debt of our transportation system, the oversight and implementation of the environmental remediation of the power plant site, and enhancing protections for victims of domestic violence while providing police and prosecutors the tools necessary to address crime—both street and cyber—in the 21 st century.

It has always been and continues to be an honor and a privilege to serve as your State Representative. As always, I am committed to returning to office this term to continue efforts to keep the City of Salem and the Commonwealth a better place to live, work, and raise a family. Thank you, Salem!


Best Regards,

Rep. John Keenan