About Lieutenant Governor Polito

Elected alongside Governor Charlie Baker in 2014, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito has championed the Baker-Polito team’s desire to give Massachusetts’ communities a seat at the table on Beacon Hill, building on a fundamental belief and understanding that the Commonwealth’s success is driven by the strength of its 351 cities and towns.

As a sign of their commitment, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito kept a key pledge to increase local aid consistent with the Commonwealth’s economic growth. Among their first actions in office were releasing $100 million for local transportation infrastructure and establishing a Community Compact Cabinet, chaired by the Lt. Governor, to assist local communities in implementing best-practices that serve constituents more effectively and improve municipal management, reaching agreements in over 300 communities.

The Lt. Governor has spearheaded efforts to restore relationships with municipal officials and provide local communities the flexible tools necessary to unlock growth and become stronger and safer places to raise a family, visiting every one of the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns, and winning widespread praise and approval from local officials. One key revamped administration initiative is helping the Commonwealth’s 78 coastal communities leverage their unique economic and environmental strengths.

A longtime advocate for empowering women, Lt. Governor Polito leads the administration’s efforts to support survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. After years of success in the private sector construction industry, she has also focused on expanding educational opportunity and access to successful careers in science, technology, engineering and math for women and students across the Commonwealth.

Karyn’s commitment and dedication to supporting flexible, community-based solutions to growth dates back to her public service as a local selectman in her hometown of Shrewsbury. In 2001, she was elected to the first of five terms in the Massachusetts State House of Representatives serving the residents of the 11th Worcester District, where she championed “Jessica’s Law” toughening mandatory minimum penalties for child sex offenders.

Karyn is a lifelong resident of Shrewsbury where her family owns and operates a commercial real estate development firm and where she and her husband, Stephan M. Rodolakis are raising their two children, Bobby and Judy. She is a graduate of Worcester’s Holy Name Central Catholic High School, Boston College and the New England School of Law.