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paul cusack

Massachusetts' 2nd Barnstable District State Representative Candidate

Service: U.S. Army

A combat veteran and now a shellfisherman on Cape Cod, Paul’s life has been about service.

The long road to Barnstable - from Westwood, MA to the White House to fighting in Afghanistan – has run through public service. 

After graduating from college, Paul served as Vice President Al Gore’s personal aide in the West Wing.  For four years, Paul worked side-by-side with the Vice President on an agenda of preparing America for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

Paul continued his service in California, directing an effort to expand citizen access to solar power. But his fondest and most impactful effort in CA was the time he spent improving student access to gang intervention programs in the South Central and Watts neighborhoods of Los Angeles.

Looking for a different life challenge and inspired by President Barack Obama’s West Point address of December 2009, Paul decided to enlist in the U.S. Army.

Serving from 2010-2015 with the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Lewis, Paul deployed four times to Afghanistan with a rifle platoon conducting counter-terror operations in the Hindu Kush and Kandahar. Being a Ranger was a defining time in Paul’s life - revealing what it really takes to complete a mission and to truly live by a creed.

After the Army,  Paul received a Pat Tillman Scholarship to attend Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He graduated in the spring of 2017 with a Masters in Public Adminstration.

Barnstable now has been home base for Paul since 2009. He returned to the Cape full time in 2017 and is currently working as a shellfisherman in Cotuit. Paul’s career-long focus on public service has led him to seek public office as a way to continue to serve his community,  fellow citizens, and the working families of Massachusetts.

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