• Rep. Harrington Appointed to Key Committees

    Representative Harrington appointed to key committees

    February 12, 2015

    BOSTON – House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. (R-North Reading) is pleased to announce that he has appointed Representative Sheila Harrington (R-Groton) to several key legislative committees for the 2015-2016 session.

    Representative Harrington has been named as the Ranking Minority Member of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary and the Assistant Ranking Minority Member of the House Committee on Rules. The Groton Representative will also serve as a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means.

    The House Committee on Rules is primarily concerned with scheduling and consideration of legislation in the House of Representatives. The House Committee on Ways and Means is primarily concerned with writing the House’s version of the state budget, and reconciling differences between the Senate and House versions of the budget.

    “As an attorney, Representative Harrington has a wealth of real-world knowledge and expertise in our legal system that will serve her well on the Judiciary Committee,” said Representative Jones. “She also has a clear understanding of the many fiscal challenges facing our cities and towns, and I am confident she will do an outstanding job representing her district with her new committee assignments.”

    “I am pleased to receive my committee assignments from the Minority Leader,” said Representative Harrington. “I look forward to working with my colleagues this session to ensure that the state does not spend beyond its means while also continuing to be a vocal advocate for increased local aid.”

    Representative Harrington represents the First Middlesex District, which consists of the communities of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Townsend and Precinct 1 in Ayer. She is currently serving her third term in the Massachusetts Legislature.

  • REP. HARRINGTON SECURES FUNDING FOR TOWNSEND PUBLIC SAFETY PROJECTS IN HOUSE BUDGET

    BOSTON (May 5, 2014) – Representative Sheila C. Harrington (R-Groton) successfully advocated for an amendment to the Massachusetts House of Representatives’ fiscal year 2015 budget that would allocate “no less than $50,000” to the town of Townsend for public safety projects. Amendment G was adopted by the House of Representatives in a roll call vote during the yearly budget debate in late April.

    “I was made aware of Townsend’s need for these funds by the Town Administrator, Andrew Sheehan,” said Representative Harrington. “He told me that Townsend could really use these funds for things like electronic road signs used to alert drivers of road work, detours, and emergencies.”

    The public safety funding was one of many items Representative Harrington fought to include in the FY2015 budget, including increased regional funding for education, and a bill to return surplus revenue to the towns.

    “I make it a priority to maintain a good working relationship with the town governments,” said Harrington. “Sheehan has done a great job of keeping me informed about projects in Townsend that could use supplemental funding. I was glad to advocate on behalf of Townsend to get these public safety projects funded.”

    In the coming weeks, the House budget will go to a conference committee to be reconciled with the Senate budget. A final budget will be produced before July 1, for the start of FY2015.

  • STATE REP. SHEILA HARRINGTON TO SEEK 3RD TERM

    Sheila HeadshotGroton, Massachusetts (February 14, 2014) – State Representative Sheila Harrington of Groton announced today that she will be running for re-election to represent the First Middlesex District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

    “Since I was first elected in 2010, it has been an honor to represent the people of the First Middlesex District. My top priority has been, and will continue to be, the economy,” said Harrington. “In the past several months, the state unemployment rate has risen sharply, and for the first time since the recession, it is worse than the national rate. Now, more then ever, I’m hearing from voters who are demanding a strong, fiscally conservative leader in the State House who can help craft smart legislation that will jumpstart our economy. I have demonstrated through my legislative record that I am that leader.”

    Since her re-election in 2012, Representative Harrington has continued to be a strong, sensible voice for the District on economic issues. She fought to end the rampant abuse of the welfare system by supporting tough, but fair reforms to the EBT card system that will save millions in taxpayer funds from going to fraudulent and undeserving individuals.

    She is the Ranking Republican on the House Post Audit and Oversight Committee, and has been involved in uncovering waste, fraud, and egregious error at the Hinton State Lab, Department of Transitional Assistance, Department for Children and Families, the Department of Public Health, and our State Court System. She continues to fight against government waste by working to repeal the “union-only” Pacheco Law that tacks on millions to the cost of public infrastructure projects every year. She has been instrumental in bringing about reform in each of these errors.

    She is also the Raking Republican on the Joint Committee on Judiciary, and works tirelessly to bring a greater access to justice to the region, as well as supporting appropriate legislation to improve our justice system.

    Both in the District and on Beacon Hill, she is a strong supporter of veterans and their organizations, as a member of the Veterans and Federal Affairs Committee. She was chosen to participate in the Joint Conference Committee currently working to enact the Valor Act II. She also co-founded Operation Patriot Pride, which has enabled her to help veterans and active military families in many ways.

    Last summer, during the battle over the Governor’s massive budget, Representative Harrington was the only legislator in the region to vote against massive tax hikes that would have cost Massachusetts families thousands of dollars per year and inhibited growth in technology and employment. Recently, she led the charge among business owners in the Nashoba Valley region to repeal the “Tech Tax” that would have cost software and technology companies in the state millions in lost profit.

    “The voters of the First Middlesex District have sent me to the State House twice to be their voice for limited government, lower taxes, and common-sense reform, and I hope they’ll see me as deserving of a third term.”

    Representative Harrington will formally kick off her re-election campaign with a Saint Patrick’s Day event in Pepperell on March 17, 2014. The First Middlesex District encompasses parts of Ayer and Devens, and all of Ashby, Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, and Townsend.