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Deborah R. Cochran was an American politician who represented the 11th Norfolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. She was also the Republican nominee in Massachusetts's 9th congressional district in 1982 and Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1986.

Deborah R. Cochran
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 11th Norfolk District
In office
Preceded byPaul M. Goulston
Succeeded byMarie-Louise Kehoe
Personal details
Born(1939-09-18)September 18, 1939
New York City
DiedOctober 20, 2004 (aged 65)
Political partyRepublican
Alma materWellesley College
New York University
Smith College
OccupationChild abuse investigation coordinator

Early lifeEdit

Cochran was born on September 18, 1939 in New York City. She attended Wellesley College, New York University, and Smith College. Prior to entering politics, Cochran worked as a child abuse investigation coordinator.[1]

Political careerEdit

Cochran began her political career in Dedham, Massachusetts, where she was a town meeting member and chairman of the Republican town committee.[1]

From 1979 to 1983, Cochran represented the 11th Norfolk District in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In 1982 she ran against Joe Moakley in Massachusetts's 9th congressional district. She lost 64% to 34%.

In 1986 she was recruited by leaders in the Massachusetts Republican Party to challenge Secretary of the Commonwealth Michael J. Connolly.[2] She lost 68% to 32%.

In 1992, she served as David J. Lionett's campaign manager in his race for the seat in Massachusetts's 3rd congressional district.[3] He lost in the Republican primary to Peter I. Blute.


Cochran died on October 20, 2004.


  1. ^ a b 1979–1980 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  2. ^ "Candidates for Massachusetts Constitutional Office". The Boston Globe. November 2, 1986.
  3. ^ "Candidates Get a Jump On Race". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. February 27, 1992.