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John R. Driscoll
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 9th Worcester district

In office
Preceded by Louis Bertonazzi
Succeeded by Marsha Platt
Personal details
Born May 9, 1924
Whitinsville, Massachusetts, U.S.
Died July 10, 2014 (aged 90)
Belmont, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Alma mater College of the Holy Cross
Occupation Life insurance agent
State representative

John Riley "Jack" Driscoll (May 9, 1924 – July 10, 2014) was an American politician and businessman.

Driscoll was born on May 9, 1924, in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, an unincorporated village in Northbridge, Massachusetts. He served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. In 1948 he received his bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross.[1]

Driscoll worked a sales representative for Metropolitan Life Insurance for 31 years.[2][3]

Driscoll was prompted to run for a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives after hearing Speaker David M. Bartley comment that House leadership had to overcome the inability of state representatives to make decisions. He first ran in 1974, a year Republicans were not expected to win due to the Watergate scandal, however he was elected by 452 votes.[2]

During his tenure in the House, Driscoll rarely sponsored legislation, but instead worked behind the scenes.[2] He forged strong ties within his district through his constituent work and was considered by local Democrats to be unbeatable. In 1992, he chose not to run for reelection.[2][3]

Driscoll died on July 10, 2014 in Belmont, Massachusetts.[4]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1991–1992 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. https://archive.org/stream/publicofficersof19911992bost#page/124/mode/2up. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Kievra, Bob (May 29, 1992). "Driscoll bows out of race". 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Nangle, Richard (June 2, 1992). "Driscoll's departure seen as deal to hand seat to Peterson". 
  4. Boynton, Donna (July 11, 2014). "Former state rep Jack Driscoll remembered". Worcester, Massachusetts. http://www.telegram.com/article/20140711/NEWS/307119822/1101. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 

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