Thomas Massie, SensAble Founder and MIT Grad, Wins GOP Primary in KY

5/23/12Follow @gthuang

The votes have been tallied, and the winner of the Republican primary in Kentucky’s 4th congressional district is…Thomas Massie.

With 45 percent of the popular vote, Massie, a Tea Party constitutional conservative, fended off a couple of establishment-backed competitors in the race. That means he will be the heavy favorite (in the red state) to win the general election for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. (More national political context here.)

Why should we care? Because Massie is the founder of SensAble Technologies, the venerable Boston-area firm that was recently acquired by Geomagic. He’s a well-known MIT grad in these parts. And he’s a prolific inventor in the field of touch-based computer interfaces. You can read about his fascinating story here.

Massie is leading a charge to encourage more engineers and problem solvers to get into politics. We will be watching to see how he fares amongst all the pols—and whether more engineers end up following his lead.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com. Follow @gthuang

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  • Charlenefrancis

    Mr. Huang, none of Massie’s magistrates own a store. It sure makes for a good corruption story though, lol!