Shaunna is a Taunton native proudly raising her family in her hometown.  She has been married to her husband, Ted, for 18 years, and their greatest joy is raising their two children, Ashton and Riley.


Nothing has ever been handed to Shaunna.  Her parents divorced at an early age.  Her family ended up on housing assistance to make ends meet.  Shaunna left high school and eventually ended up working two jobs to earn enough money to put herself through college.  She spent many years working in the Food Service Department at Morton Hospital, where she was quickly promoted to department supervisor.  Upon graduation from college, O’Connell immediately became self-employed as a professional freelance court reporter and has worked in many different areas of the legal system for the past 15 years.


In 2010 Shaunna ran for the Massachusetts House of Representatives and successfully defeated an 18 year incumbent.  Since being elected State Representative, she has distinguished herself as a hardworking and determined leader and fiscal watchdog for the people she represents.


Shaunna has been the leader in fighting for welfare reforms.  Due to her persistence, the Commonwealth has saved millions of dollars in stopping fraud.  She has also been leading the fight for transparency within the MBTA pension fund and stopping illegal immigrants from getting state housing assistance.


Shaunna is a strong advocate for the veterans and has passed legislation helping to honor their memory.


Wanting to put people back to work, Shaunna established the Small Business Caucus and drafted the Small Business Bill of Rights. 


As a lifelong resident of Taunton, Shaunna has put in the long hours to help the district.  She has successfully advocated to keep Taunton State Hospital open and for more local aid.  Going beyond the call of duty, Shaunna established the S.A.F.E. Kids Fun Day program to teach parents and children about public safety.  Shaunna also mentors at-risk high school girls.


Her community service includes being a Board Member of the Taunton YMCA and the Grand Old Party Woman's Advisory Board; a volunteer for Taunton Emergency Management Agency; a Sunday School teacher and Missions Committee member at West Congregational.  Shaunna also wrote the Safe Church Policy for her church and started the West Church Community Outreach Program.  In 2006 she was recognized as Woman of the Year for the church.


Led the effort to reform welfare to stop fraud


Established Small Business Caucus


Holds weekly office hours

Opted out of pension system as promised


Refuses per diem perk


Solved thousands of constituent problems


Kept promise to oppose tax increases


Created more transparency on MBTA pension system


Filed Small Business Bill of Rights


Passed amendment to honor veterans


Passed amendment to require sunlight of secret settlements


Worked to preserve Taunton State Hospital


Fought for more local aid


100% voting record


Small Business Caucus Chairwoman


Taunton Area Vietnam Veterans Association—Associate Member


Taunton Area Chamber of Commerce


Taunton Area School to Career Mentor Program


Old Colony YMCA Taunton, Board of Governors


Elks member


Kiwanis member


Taunton Polish-American Citizens Club


Old Colony Historical Society


Mass Coalition for Suicide Prevention


Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation


2015 Reader’s Choice Favorite Politician – Taunton Daily Gazette


2015 Ch. 57 Disabled American Veterans Challenge Coin Recipient


2014 Reader’s Choice Favorite Politician – Taunton Daily Gazette


2014 Exceptional Legislator – The Boston Broadside


2014 Co-Op Community Award


2014 Taunton Area School to Career Mentor Recognition


2013 QRCC Woman of the Year


2013 Reader’s Choice Favorite Politician – Taunton Daily Gazette


2012 Guardian of Small Business Award


2011 Disabled American Veterans Ch. 57 Service Award recipient


2011-2012 RABA Great 8 Legislator


2010 Citation for Taunton Emergency Management Agency volunteer work


2006 West Church Woman of the Year

Shaunna O'Connell 56 Worcester St, Taunton, MA 02780



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