Hopes to become first openly gay lieutenant governor in US
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund today announced its endorsement of Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts, backing the former top advisor to Senator Kennedy and CEO of President Obama’s convention and inaugural in his bid to become the first openly gay lieutenant governor in the nation.
The Victory Fund’s announced backing of Kerrigan marks the first endorsement of a non-incumbent in the 2014 elections for the nation’s largest LGBT political action committee. In 2012, 124 of the Victory Fund’s 180 endorsed candidates won their races.
“The Victory Fund is thrilled to endorse Steve Kerrigan for Lieutenant Governor,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of The Victory Fund. “Steve has been a proven leader in Massachusetts for two decades. From his early days as trusted aide to Senator Ted Kennedy to his appointment by President Obama to run the 2012 Democratic National Convention and the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Committee, Steve has was won the praise of some of our most celebrated leaders.
“Steve has been and will continue to be an incredible advocate on behalf of the LGBT community, while continuing his dedicated work serving his community. Steve has proven his abilities to be an exceptional Lieutenant Governor, so please join us in helping to ensure that he is the first LGBT candidate to hold that office in the United States.”
Kerrigan, 42, most recently served in two prominent positions for President Obama – leading the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee and, before that, the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. The convention, the first in U.S. history to secure equal marriage rights as a part of its official platform, was widely hailed as the most open and accessible convention in the modern era.
Previously, Kerrigan served in senior positions for Senator Kennedy and Attorney General Tom Reilly and served as chairman of his native Lancaster Board of Selectmen and on the Finance Committee.
“I’m thrilled to have the support of The Victory Fund, which has consistently stood up for LGBT candidates across the nation and has been an important partner in helping secure significant national victories for equal rights,” said Kerrigan. “We have been working hard to earn votes every day and I’m pleased with the progress we have made so early in this important contest.”
Kerrigan has been endorsed by organizations such as the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 103, elected officials such as Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and myriad grassroots leaders within the Democratic Party.