Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism
About Keiko Matsudo Orrall
Keiko Matsudo Orrall of Lakeville, MA became the first Asian American woman to be elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in 2011. Full of enthusiasm and energy, Keiko worked to build bipartisan relationships and solve problems in her four terms of public office as a State Representative. She was successful in advocating for the re-opening of Massasoit State Campground that had been closed for years and was vocal in support of small businesses. A graduate of Smith College, she served on the UMASS Center for Women and Public Policy Advisory Board, the Pay Equity Commission, the MA Caucus for Women Legislators, and has worked to support women in public office. Her efforts with the cranberry industry and agriculture intersect with tourism and she is a member of the Plymouth 400 Commission which will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims arriving in 2020. She is active in the Asian American community participating in numerous national and international panels promoting Massachusetts on the global stage. She ran for MA State Treasurer in 2018 becoming the first minority woman to run for statewide office and is committed to increasing diverse representation in all areas of government.
As a State Representative, Keiko served on the Joint Committees on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, Labor and Workforce Development, Export Development, State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, Public Health, and the Judiciary. She has received recognition and awards for her public service from various organizations including the Restaurant and Business Alliance, the cranberry industry, the American Legion, the National Federation of Women Legislators, and in 2019 received the Order of the Rising Sun Award from the Japanese government.