Geoff Diehl is a 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.
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 with a double major, and went on to pursue a career in the private sector in both advertising and television.
On a blind date in New York City, 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 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) as their state representative.
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. Massachusetts drivers have avoided three straight gas tax increases as a result.
That same year, when state lawmakers attempted raise their leadership’s pay by 75 percent, Geoff stepped forward and successfully blocked the effort.
Geoff protected taxpayers again in 2015 when there was a movement to bring the Olympics to Boston. Geoff filed an amendment to the state budget to protect Massachusetts taxpayers from being harmed by any potential cost overruns related to the Games. Geoff also worked to develop a ballot question that would have allowed the Olympics to come to Massachusetts only if taxpayers were held harmless.
In 2016, Geoff was Co-Chairman of the Massachusetts effort to elect Donald Trump as President.
Geoff and his wife, KathyJo, are involved with many local organizations. Geoff is a member of the Abington Lions Club, the East Bridgewater Business Association, and the South Shore Chamber of Commerce. He also is a Member of the Board of the BSA Old Colony Council. KathyJo is Director of Whitman Youth Cheerleading, she is a member of the Whitman Cultural Council, and she supports Hanson's Little League and D.A.R.E. program. The couple has two daughters.
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. And, he was named as the 2016 Legislator of the Year for the Massachusetts Ambulance Association.
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