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About Harold

Harold Naughton serves as State Representative for the 12th Worcester District.

Harold 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 as broad a basis as possible.

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 safety and security for every man, woman, and child in the Commonwealth. He previously served as House Chair of the Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs, passing cutting edge legislation to provide for our honored veterans.

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. Prior to 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.

As with so many Americans, the attacks of September 11, 2001 had a profound effect on Harold. 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. Harold served 14 years in the Army Reserve and recently transferred to the Massachusetts Army National Guard. Over the course of his career, he has served multiple deployments to Baghdad, Iraq, Kandahar, Afghanistan and elsewhere in Southwest Asia. Additionally, he has served on shorter missions to Central Africa and Eastern Europe. Harold has also served with the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies and the US Department of State Bureau of Political and Military Affairs.

His military citations include the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal and Valorous Unit Award among other awards.

From 2011 to 2017, he was a member of the US Department of State International Security Advisory Board. This Board is the chief policy advisor to the US Secretary of State.

Harold resides in Clinton, MA. He is the proud father of three sons and a daughter.