|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 2nd Franklin district|
|Assumed office |
January 7, 2015
|Political party||Unenrolled (Independent)|
|Residence||Athol, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Occupation||Co-Owner, Whipps Inc.|
Susannah M. Whipps (formerly known as Susannah Whipps Lee) is a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, first sworn in on January 7, 2015. A seventh generation resident of Athol, Massachusetts, she was elected as a Republican to represent the 2nd Franklin District. The 2nd Franklin District consists of 12 communities in central and western Massachusetts. Rep. Whipps serves on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, Joint Committee on Elder Affairs, and the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight. She also serves on the Statewide Taskforce on Child Sexual Abuse Prevention. Whipps is a co-owner of Whipps, Inc. a local stainless-steel equipment manufacturer.  
On August 21, 2017, Rep Whipps announced that she had officially changed her voter registration from Republican to Unenrolled (Independent). “I represent a district where nearly 2/3 of the voters are unaffiliated with any major political party” explained Whipps. Public records show that 65% of voters in the 2nd Franklin District are unenrolled, 22% are registered as members of the Democratic Party, and 12% are registered as members of the Republican Party.
“Serving as state representative while not affiliating with either major political party will allow me to more effectively utilize the relationships I have developed with the members and leadership on both sides of the aisle, and will allow me to better serve all of the people of my district, without the obligation of towing any particular party line,” Whipps continued. “I want my party affiliation to reflect my position as an independent voice for the people of my district.”
The second-term representative, whose district includes Athol, Belchertown - precinct A, Erving, Gill, New Salem, Orange, Petersham, Phillipston, Royalston, Templeton, Warwick and Wendell, currently serves on the Joint Committee on Higher Education, the Joint Committee on Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery, and has been a republican member of the House Ethics Committee. “Leadership has the authority to change my committee assignments,” said Whipps, “however, I have requested to remain on the Higher Education Committee and the Mental Health, Substance Use & Recovery Committee, which is particularly relevant to me as it is a topic I feel very passionately about and is also very important and helpful to the people of my district.”
“I just want to do my job and that being said, I don’t intend to make any further comments on this change,” she said. “The purpose of this change is to avoid partisan bickering and politics as usual, and accordingly I will not engage in any commentary that suggests blame, reaction to any particular person or incident, or anything other than professional growth and a desire to best align with and serve the people of my district.”
- "MassLive - Massachusetts State Representative Election Results 2014". masslive.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
- "Republican Susannah Whipps Lee declares victory over incumbent Denise Andrews in 2nd Franklin District House race". masslive.com. Retrieved 25 November 2014.
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