Jim Hawkins (politician)

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Jim Hawkins
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 2nd Bristol district
Assumed office
April 11, 2018
Preceded by Paul Heroux
Personal details
Born (1949-10-17) October 17, 1949 (age 69)
Walpole, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Residence Attleboro, Massachusetts
Alma mater Colby College, Providence College School of Business
Website hawkins4rep.com

James K. Hawkins is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Hawkins serves in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 2nd Bristol District since 2018, which includes all but one precinct of Attleboro.

Early life

Hawkins was born and raised in Walpole, Massachusetts. He moved to Attleboro and has lived there for over 35 years. He graduated from Colby College and then went on to earn an MBA from Providence College School of Business. Hawkins sold auto parts before getting his master's degree and working as a math teacher at Attleboro High School.[1]

Political career

Hawkins won a special election on April 3, 2018, to succeed Paul Heroux in the Massachusetts House.[2][3] Hawkins bested Republican Julie Hall in the special election. Hawkins took 3,927 votes to Hall’s 3,633.[4]

On Hawkins' first day in office, he filed an amendment to fund the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment (MCIEA), a collaboration of school officials and teachers finding ways to evaluate student performance that is better, more fair, less punitive, and less disruptive than what is currently used in Massachusetts schools.[5]

Personal life

Hawkins was a regular racer at the Seekonk Speedway, where he earned the nickname "The Hawk".[6]


  1. ^ Hand, Jim (March 28, 2018). "Hawkins says he's never been afraid of a challenge | Local News". thesunchronicle.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  2. ^ Hand, Jim. "Hawkins wins Attleboro state rep race over Hall | Local News". thesunchronicle.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  3. ^ Doiron, Steve Nielsen and Sarah Doiron , Steve Nielsen, Sarah (3 April 2018). "Attleboro residents voting on Heroux's successor, plan for new high school".
  4. ^ "Retired Math Teacher Edges GOP Hopeful In Attleboro House Race". 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ [email protected], Jim Hand. "Hawkins scrambles for school funding". The Sun Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-23.
  6. ^ STAFF, RICK FOSTER SUN CHRONICLE. "It adds up to speed". The Sun Chronicle. Retrieved 2018-04-23.

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