Susan Williams Gifford was elected Massachusetts State Representative in November of 2002. Serving constituents of the 2nd Plymouth District, including the towns of Middleboro, Carver, and Wareham, she currently serves as the Assistant Minority Whip and is the Ranking Republican member of the House Committee on Steering, Policy & Scheduling.
Additionally, Susan was appointed by Governor Mitt Romney to serve on the Buzzards Bay Oil Spill Commission and the Massachusetts Ocean Management Task Force, a key state environmental group led by the Secretary of Environmental Affairs. She was also appointed by the Patrick Administration to serve as a member of the 1000 Great Places In Massachusetts Commission as well as the Tourism Fund Formula Commission. Susan served as a member of the Cranberry Revitalization Task Force created by an act of the Legislature in 2015 and is currently service on the Massachusetts Seafood Marketing Commission Steering Committee.
Prior to becoming State Representative, Susan worked as an insurance consultant with Boston-based Insurance Overload Systems, most recently managing workers compensation claims for World Trade Center victims. Educated in business administration, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Michigan University.
A 22 year resident of Wareham, Susan is a dedicated public servant having served as a Wareham Selectwoman for three years during which time she worked to resolve important issues on the Marine Resources Commission, Affirmative Action Committee, Cemetery Commission, and Cable Advisory Board. She also worked to keep Wareham from becoming divided during the redistricting process and voted to ask then state officials to begin the feasibility study on expanding commuter rail service from Middleboro/Lakeville to Wareham and Buzzards Bay, an effort that continues in her capacity as State Representative.
Susan is a local leader who has worked hard over the years to address town needs. She is a member of the Onset Bay and Buzzards Bay Village Associations and Wareham Land Trust. She is also member of the Massachusetts Legislators Association, the Women’s Legislative Caucus, the Republican National Committee, the Plymouth County Republican Club, the Cape Cod Republican Club the Wareham Republican Town Committee, and has served as a delegate to state and national political conventions. Susan is also a member of the Wanquinkoah Rod & Gun Club in Middleborough.
Susan lives with her husband Mark and Lucky Lab Rescue chocolate lab Gusto in their family home in Wareham.