About
Geoff Diehl

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Welcome friends!

Geoff Diehl is a former State Representative from Whitman whose hard work on behalf of Massachusetts taxpayers has saved residents across the state from having to pay billions of dollars in new taxes. He is also a small business owner, married for 25 years, and father of two teenage daughters. Geoff knows this state from both the public and private sector, and wants to bring all of his experience to work for the people of Massachusetts.

Majored in Government & Urban Studies

Former State Representative

Geoff learned the value of hard work, the importance of getting an education, and the virtue of treating people honestly at an early age. At 16, he earned the rank of Eagle–the highest achievement in Boy Scouts of America.

He graduated from Lehigh University and went on to pursue a career in the private sector in both advertising and television.

On a blind date in New York, Geoff met South Shore native KathyJo Boss. Their romance blossomed, and one year later, they were married.

Moving back to KathyJo’s hometown of Whitman, Geoff became an Account Executive at SignDesign in Brockton and then at Poyant Signs in New Bedford. In the meantime, he helped KathyJo open Boss Academy of Performing Arts in the neighboring town of Hanson.

Geoff became active in the community, and eventually became a member of the Whitman Finance Committee. In 2007, Geoff stepped forward as a private citizen to oversee the restoration of the historic Toll House sign in Whitman. Part of his work included obtaining underwriting for the project by the Nestle Corporation.

In 2010, Geoff ran for State Representative and won. On January 5, 2011 he was sworn in as a member of the 187th General Court of Massachusetts, serving the people of the 7th Plymouth District (Abington, East Bridgewater and Whitman).

During his time in office, Geoff has led the fight for more transparency and accountability at the State House. He has worked to increase jobs and send more local aid to cities and towns. Geoff also has been a champion of Massachusetts taxpayers and has taken bold action to protect them from tax hikes.

In 2014, Geoff saved Massachusetts taxpayers from a $2 billion gas tax increase. The Legislature had voted the year before to link the state gas tax to inflation, so that the gas tax would increase automatically every future year. Geoff stepped forward to lead a grassroots effort for a ballot question campaign to repeal the tax hike. His group collected 146,000 signatures in favor of the ballot question, and despite special interest groups outspending his team 31 to 1, Geoff’s group won.

In 2018, Geoff took the fight on behalf of the people of Massachusetts to the federal stage when he took on incumbent Senator Elizabeth Warren. Geoff earned the endorsement of the Massachusetts Republicans at their state convention that year. Though he lost that race, the experience he gained in viewing the issues facing our Commonwealth from the national level will prove invaluable to his work as a statewide leader for the people of the Commonwealth.

In 2020, Geoff joined TRQ Auto Parts, a division of 1A Auto out of Pepperell MA, as the Director of Business Development, where he’s successfully created partnerships with some of the top online retailers in the industry.

Geoff and his wife, KathyJo, are involved with many local organizations. Geoff is a member of the Abington Lions Club, and has served in the past on the East Bridgewater Business Association, the South Shore Chamber of Commerce and the BSA Old Colony Council. KathyJo is Director of Whitman Youth Cheerleading, she has been a member of the Whitman Cultural Council, and she supports Hanson’s Little League and D.A.R.E. program.

Geoff’s service as a State Representative has been recognized by a number of groups. In 2011, Geoff was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” by the State Legislative Leadership Foundation (SLLF). In 2012, he was elected to serve as an Alternate Delegate to the Republican National Convention, representing the 8th Congressional District. He was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) for Campaign Excellence for having the best ballot campaign of the year in 2015. He was named as the 2016 Legislator of the Year for the Massachusetts Ambulance Association, and in the same year was elected as a full Delegate to the Republican National Convention. Both he and KathyJo serve as State Committee members for the Massachusetts Republican Party.

PoliciesHow we can build a better Massachusetts together!

  • State Spending
  • Small Business
  • Gas Tax
  • Law Enforcement
  • Judges
  • Naturalization
  • Academic Opportunity

When I was first elected as State Representative in 2011, the budget that passed in the legislature was $28B. Ten years later, the FY ’21 budget came in at $46Ba 70% increase. I’m not sure I know anyone who has been able to increase their take home pay by 70% in the last decade, so we must pass a budget that eliminates the reckless spending that has taken hold on Beacon Hill and in Washington. We’re already suffering from the high cost of inflation with housing, food and gas due to DC printing money and putting generations of our families in debt. The Diehl Administration will protect your wallet and allow you to enjoy the savings and economic freedom your hard work earned and you and your children deserve.

According to the SBA, there are over 700K small businesses in MA, representing over 99% of ALL businesses. Those private companies employ over 1.5M residents, or 45%, of the people working in the Commonwealth.

During the pandemic of 2020/21, the Baker/Polito administration, backed by the Democratically controlled legislature, deemed the majority of small businesses across the state to be “non-essential.” They imposed regulations which shut down these businesses for months on end, forcing them to furlough or completely lay off loyal workers. At the same time, however, no state employee suffered a lost paycheck or job and large retail corporations were allowed to stay open, enjoying increased revenues and virtually no competition. These disadvantaged small businesses made no income but still had to pay their rent/mortgages and other expenses. When they could open, had to comply with ad hoc rules set by federal, state and local officials and boards.

The Diehl Administration understands that every business is essential to its owners and employees. Working people depend on their employment to feed their families, and no government official should ever choose winners and losers with the small business community.

In 2014, I was proud to lead the effort to overturn Beacon Hill’s attempt to set the state gas tax on a formula that would index it to inflation, guaranteeing that it would never go down and would also never require another representative vote by the legislature. At the time, candidates Baker and Polito supported that ballot question and the people of Massachusetts agreed.

Two terms later, the Baker/Polito administration signed Massachusetts on to the Transportation Climate Initiative (TCI), a regional agreement designed to urge drivers to buy electric cars by raising the price of gasoline until it becomes unaffordable. Conservative cost estimates are between 5 and 17 cents per gallon and could be more, depending on what the unelected new commission decided. And the kicker is that even the Sierra Club has come out against the “cap & trade” scheme, saying that the environmental benefits are negligible, at best. It is such flawed policy that all New England states who were once in it, with the exception of Massachusetts, have dropped out.

TCI may be sold to you by the Administration as a “fee” to energy retailers but is nothing more than another TAX on the people. Commuting costs will increase, food and goods that need to be transported will go up, and even your property taxes will reflect the increased cost to municipalities for the fleets they operate – Police cars, fire trucks and ambulances and school buses.

As your next Governor, I will ensure that the TCI initiative is rejected and that we look for ways to help lower the cost of transportation, through government efficiencies and private-public partnerships.

The attack on the men and women in blue who protect our neighborhoods and cities in this country, and in our state, over the last several years has been shameful. We are seeing a mass exodus of our LEOs from the force, plus a lack of qualified new recruits, because no one wants to put their life on the line when the people who are supposed to have their back – our elected officials – are the ones creating the hostile environment!

In 2021, the Baker/Polito administration issued a series of new regulations on our police officers which only make their jobs more difficult and there is a steady drumbeat by elected Democrats who want to handcuff our Police Officers even more, including an effort to eliminate qualified immunity, which is the only protection that allows public safety employees to do their jobs in the first place!

First responders in Massachusetts need our support, not constant assaults on the resources and protections they need to keep our streets safe. Under the Diehl Administration, there will always be the respect and effort to Back the Blue whenever and wherever it is earned.

In 2018, a Salem Superior Court judge was recorded during a candid conversation with state prosecutors that he was giving a multiple-offending heroin dealer probation, rather than a prison sentence because he knew that the perpetrator was in the country illegally and would be deported if he gave the same sentence he would have otherwise given to a legal US resident. In 2019, as a state legislator, Diehl called for the impeachment of that judge because we cannot have two sets of rules in what is supposed to be the blind justice system in America.

The judges nominated during the Diehl Administration will have a record of legal accomplishment, appropriate temperament, outstanding intelligence, ethical behavior and, above all else, a respect and adherence to the laws that govern the Commonwealth. Activist judges who bend to the court of public opinion over the statutes that protect the people of Massachusetts have no place on the bench.

Over 100 years ago, district courts in each state across the country were able to process immigrants who wanted to be a part of the great nation that is America. If someone from another country met the criteria – had a sponsor, had a job and could understand English – they had five years to apply for citizenship and a state judge could swear them in. Over the years, the federal government and partisan politics took over immigration policy and procedure, creating a quagmire that calls into question the very sovereignty of our country. Lost in the ensuing battles are the thousands of people who are “yearning to breathe free.”

What may be a federal issue is really a state problem and the Commonwealth can be a leader if we make the concerted effort to get everyone on the path to citizenship and across the finish line! The Diehl Administration is committed to helping everyone who wants to become a permanent, legal citizen and live the American dream right here in Massachusetts!

Massachusetts has consistently been at the top in the nation for K-12 education and we boast some of the best public and private colleges and universities in the world. But lately, we have been slipping in some key metrics; most notably, high school graduation rate. And it’s no secret that even the METCO program can’t solve unequal scholastic opportunities across the Commonwealth.

And if we learned anything from the Covid-era response by our state’s department of education, it’s that there was a near complete break-down, initially, in how to deliver consistent, quality education to our children in a remote setting. Private schools quickly adapted to online technology, but it wasn’t until the beginning of the 2021 school year that parents of public school children were given any guidance on how students could access streaming classes and those platforms varied from district to district, creating additional confusion and delay in the their academic development. Plus, we’re still sorting out the emotional and health issues related to policy that was rolled out extemporaneously and with great push-back by leadership within the teachers unions.

The Baker/Polito administration has also allowed state government to strip parents of their rights to medical decision making for their children by mandating the flu vaccine without any input from parents or legislators, and in conflict with much of the data regarding the effects of Covid on young children.

Learning from the past, we must do better for families regarding their childrens’ education. A Diehl Administration will focus on leveling the playing field for children by supporting school choice and increased vocational education opportunities. Remote learning that was developed from the pandemic can be improved upon and used to provide unique and expensive classes that might not otherwise be adopted by a district. We will assist local school boards in improving the public education offered to their students, so that, no matter where our children live, their chances for success are unlimited.

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