40 Under Forty: Kate D. Campanale, 32


State representative
Massachusetts House of Representatives

Lives: Worcester

Birthplace: Worcester

College: Sweet Briar College in Virginia

In 2014, Commonwealth Magazine gave Campanale a 6-percent chance of winning her first election to the state House of Representatives. She not only beat the odds to become the first woman elected from the 17th Worcester District – representing about 40,000 people in Leicester and part of Worcester – but the 29-year-old freshman legislator was appointed to the powerful House Committee on Ways & Means, which develops the $40-billion state budget. In her time at the State House, Campanale introduced legislation to deal with the student loan crisis, where employees could pay off their debts by making tax-free payroll contributions and employers would receive financial incentives to contribute toward the loan payments as well. Campanale has worked on legislation to address the opioid crisis. She has helped secure state funding for local projects, including $1 million for the Rawson Street Bridge and $2 million for Stiles Reservoir Dam in Leicester, and $400,000 for Stearns Tavern and $100,000 for Coes Pond in Worcester. Her favorite aspect of the job is speaking with students on all levels, and she volunteers for the Reach Out & Read program and mentors through YOU, Inc.

From 40 Under Forty judge Kate Sharry: “Kate's constituents are lucky to have such a hardworking, dedicated and smart woman on their side.”

If you could go back in time, when would you go back to? I love history! As Jimmy Buffett says in his song Boat Drinks, “You pick the century, and I'll pick the spot!”

What is the best advice you've ever gotten? “Don't complain unless you get involved.” I wouldn't be where I am today if my parents did not instill the importance of being engaged and thinking for myself.
Read about the entire 2018 Class of 40 Under Forty
Michael Alden - Ascentria Care Alliance
Che Anderson - City of Worcester
Victor M. Archila - VMA Electric Inc.
Allison Beckler, DO - YOU, Inc.
Sam Bitar - Webster Five
Mark A. Borenstein - Seder & Chandler LLP
Kate D. Campanale - Massachusetts House of Representatives
Derek Canton - paerpay
Ryan Canuel - Petricore, Inc.
Jennifer Caron - Body Therapeutics
Danielle J. Clark - Clark Career Coaching
Heidi Cooper - Cooper’s Hilltop Farm
Matthew M. Copeland, P.E. - Copeland Building Envelope Consulting
Pat Davis - The DAVIS Cos.
Efua T. Dufu, MSW, LCSW - Ellite Event Planning
Grace Elton - Tower Hill Botanic Garden
Ursula Furi-Perry, J.D. - Becker College
Jared E. Gentilucci - Nitsch Engineering
David Gilchrist, MD, MBA - UMass Memorial Health Care
Alvara Gjylapi - Santander Bank
Erica Grinkis - The GazBar Sports Grill
Meredith Harris - Marlborough Economic Development Corp.
Erin Jansky - Worcester Housing Authority
Ben Jones - Boston Scientific Corp
Alexis Kelleher - Crust Bakeshop; North Main Provisions
Bert LaValley - Sustainable Comfort, Inc.; deadhorse hill & simjang restaurants
Jennifer Leger - Fidelity Bank
Brian Lemerise - Quiet Logistics, Inc.
Tom Lubelczyk - The Worcester Jazz Collective
Laura Marotta - Creative Hub Worcester
Ryan Matson - Small Business Insurance Agency
Michael P. McDonough, CPA - McDonough, McDonough & Corsini, LLP
Madeline Mendoza - NewVue Communities
Jessica Morris - MCPHS University
Nathan Oriol - Oakdale Rehabilitation & Skilled Nursing Center (Oriol Health Care)
Nicholas Pelletier - Pelletier Properties at Keller Williams North Central
Courtney E. Pelley - Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
Lilian Radke - Unic Pro Inc.
Blaine Schnare - Harrington HealthCare System
Bonnie J. Walker - Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Learn how the winners were picked on our judges' page.