The campaign to elect John O'Leary for State Representative has related that US Senator Scott Brown has officially endorsed their candidate in the following press release:
United States Senator Scott Brown announced today that he is endorsing John O'Leary for Massachusetts State Representative in the 13th Norfolk District, which includes Needham, Dover and precincts 1 & 2 in Medfield.
"John O'Leary has the skills and experience that we need now on Beacon Hill," said Senator Brown. "John spent four years in state government during the Romney administration. He was the head of three different agencies. Governor Romney continued to promote John into roles of increasing responsibility because of John's outstanding skills as a public sector manager. We need John, who has seen first-hand the ways in which our state government needs to be reformed, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives."
"I am honored by Senator Brown's endorsement," responded O'Leary. "Just as Scott Brown brought energy and change to Capitol Hill in Washington, I hope to do the same to Beacon Hill in Boston. I will work hard to improve the business climate so that the private sector can create jobs, to reform state government by making it both more effective and efficient, and to adopt common sense policies and create a future that we will be proud to leave to our children."
O'Leary is currently a Research Fellow at the Ash Institute at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, where he is an expert on efficiency in government. He has co-authored two books on how we can improve the way that government works, without increasing our tax burden. O'Leary's most recent book, "If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government," was published by the Harvard Business School Press several months ago.
O'Leary, 47, lives in Needham with his wife Nancy and their three children. He currently serves as an elected member of both Needham's School Committee and Needham's Representative Town Meeting.
O'Leary graduated from Needham High School in 1980 and holds a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in mathematics and a master's degree from the University of Massachusetts in process engineering.
The primary election will be held on Tuesday, September 14.