Harold P Naughton, Jr. serves as State Representative for the 12th Worcester District.
A member of the House of Representatives since 1995, Harold P. Naughton, Jr. has dedicated his life to serving the community, the Commonwealth, and the nation. A lifelong resident of Clinton, MA, Harold believes in the value of public service and has always sought to do good on a broader basis.
Throughout his legislative career Representative Naughton has focused on legislative priorities including local aid, education, economic development, public safety, environmental protection, veterans’ advocacy and constituent outreach. In his current capacity as the House Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, Representative Naughton has worked tirelessly to pass productive and comprehensive legislation to raise the level of security for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth.
A graduate of Clinton High School, Harold remained in Central Massachusetts to attend Assumption College in Worcester concentrating his studies on Political Science and earning a Bachelor’s degree in 1982. Harold began his career of public service while still an undergraduate at Assumption College. In 1980 he was elected to the Clinton Planning Board where he served until 1985. He was then elected in 1984 to the Clinton School Committee, holding the position of Chairman from 1986-1987.
Harold earned his law degree from Suffolk University School of Law in Boston and opened his own firm concentrating on helping individuals. Before opening his own firm, Harold worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County where he prosecuted a wide gamut of cases ranging from vehicular homicide to narcotics trafficking to assault and battery.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on Harold, as it did with so many Americans. The son of a WWII and D-Day veteran, Harold felt a sense of urgency to fulfill his civic responsibility and join the United States Armed Forces. As a result, Harold joined the United States Army Reserve as a Judge Advocate. He currently serves with the Third Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) based in Brockton, Massachusetts, as a Major in the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps. In 2005, Major Naughton was deployed for a voluntary tour of active duty, serving with Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I) from September, 2005 until May, 2006. In late 2011, Harold again deployed, this time to Kandahar, Afghanistan, for an eight-month tour with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (BCT), 4th Infantry Division.
Based at Camp Nathan Smith, he worked with Afghan judicial authorities, military and security forces, along with officials from the United Nations, the U.S. Department of State, International Committee of the Red Cross and other entities in establishing a sustainable judicial and law enforcement system in the city of Kandahar and the Kandahar Province in Southern Afghanistan, adjacent to the Pakistan border. Upon return from Afghanistan in May of 2012, Harold continued his service with the 3rd LOD and also took on the additional role as an Adjunct to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) for the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS).
In 2013, The Army Reserve assigned Major Naughton to the Office of Policy, Plans, and Analysis, Bureau of Political Military Affairs (POL-MIL) within the US Department of State in Washington, DC. He is a recipient of the Bronze Star Medal and Combat Action Badge.
Harold resides in Clinton, MA with his wife Ellen and their four children: Harrison, Tiernan, Clare and Eamon.