Kate Campanale began her career in 2007 in the legislative and regulatory department of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in Washington, D.C. where she quickly learned the art of congressional relations, assisting staff in senate confirmation and regulatory oversight hearings.
Returning to Massachusetts in 2010, Kate shifted gears to the private sector as a business management coordinator for Tutor Perini Corporation in Framingham, where she was involved in the proposal process of multi-million-dollar international construction projects.
It was during this time that Kate began to see the regulatory burdens Massachusetts placed on small businesses, and the difficulty companies had in providing good jobs and retaining employees.
Over the next several years, Kate spent her time working with state and local officials in Massachusetts, where she realized her deep desire to improve life for everyday people of the Commonwealth by promoting reasonable solutions to the problems we all face.
At 28 years old, Kate ran and won her first campaign as state representative for the 17th Worcester District which included her hometown of Leicester and the City of Worcester.
As a freshman and the first female representative elected to the district, Kate was appointed to the powerful House Committee of Ways & Means, serving two terms as a member of the committee. Her priorities included a first-in-the-nation bill to establish a program that incentivizes both employers and employees to share and reduce the burden of student loan debt. She also sponsored public safety initiatives to help protect women against domestic violence and give them a voice.
During her tenure on Beacon Hill, Kate focused on constituent services, helping those in her district navigate the red tape of state government and she got involved in local community projects. Kate especially loved connecting with students throughout her district, from teaching civics to high school students, awarding their achievements, and mentoring. Kate’s efforts received recognition both statewide and nationally, speaking and mentoring young women about the importance of becoming involved in their government – at any level. A pursuit she continues today.
After leaving the legislature, Kate followed her passion to educate and mentor by earning her Massachusetts educator license in History. Most recently, Kate taught locally in the Spencer East Brookfield School District.
Kate and her husband, State Representative Peter Durant, reside in Spencer.