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Beacon Hill's Most Beautiful: 25 power players who keep the Golden Dome in style

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN AND MIKE DEEHAN  |  November 8, 2012

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KEIKO ORRALL
45, MARRIED, LAKEVILLE
STATE REPRESENTATIVE, BRISTOL DISTRICT 12

This pint-sized Republican lawmaker has made a splash on Beacon Hill in little over a year, standing up for her constituents as gambling interests look to build resort casinos in her Bristol County area.

Orrall tells us her style is based on treating people with dignity and respect, and remembering to walk in other people's shoes.

Prior to winning a special election last year in a district long-held by Democratic lawmakers, the Cincinnati-born Orrall worked as a school teacher and Lakeville town official. An avid runner, Orrall "jogged right into the heart of Massachusetts Republicans everywhere . . . . Don't let her petite physique fool you — Keiko is set to make a BIG impact on Beacon Hill," said our expert.

And how would the spunky freshman Rep improve the beauty of Beacon Hill? "Beauty to me is truth and honesty. State House work could become more 'beautiful' with a willingness to tell the truth and approach our problems honestly and in a transparent fashion so that we can arrive at the best solutions for the Commonwealth," Orrall tells us.

Job title: State representative, 12th Bristol District

Held since: October, 2011

Age: 45

Marital/relationship status; children; pets: 22 yrs married, 2 children, dog

Home: Lakeville

Originally from: Cincinnati, Ohio

What you do: My job as a state legislator is to vote on laws and represent the interests of my district. I am committed to working towards better government, by encouraging transparency and accountability. I work with municipal officials to address local concerns, and attend meetings and community events in my district. I help people navigate through the maze of government agencies to solve problems that they are facing.

One experience that made you glad to do this work: I love to help people, and my office was able to assist an elderly couple with getting the proper coverage so that surgery could be scheduled. Without my advocacy they would have been at a standstill, unable to move forward in solving their issue.

Other jobs: I have been a public school teacher and have previously served as an elected official in Lakeville.

Other activities: I was named a Great 8 Legislator by the Restaurant and Business Alliance this year, for my work on behalf of small businesses.

Path to Beacon Hill: I have always been involved in my community, and care deeply about the policies that guide our Commonwealth. I was an elected official on my town finance committee and have served as a community organizer. When the former representative resigned mid-term, I felt that it was a position that I would be well suited for with my strengths of advocacy, and decided to run for state representative.

Personal style: My style is to treat other people the way that I want to be treated. I try to remember to walk in other people's shoes and treat all people with dignity and respect.

Favorite thing about working in the State House: It is a great honor to work at the State House, and I enjoy the incredible beauty of the building and the privilege of serving with so many distinguished colleagues.

One thing you would change to make State House work more "beautiful": Beauty to me is truth and honesty. State House work could become more "beautiful" with a willingness to tell the truth, and approach our problems honestly and in a transparent fashion, so that we can arrive at the best solutions for the Commonwealth.

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