Kirsten Hughes was born and raised in Quincy, Massachusetts to Edith, a Quincy Public School teacher and John, a Human Resources executive. She graduated from the St. Ann School in Wollaston and later from the Notre Dame Academy, where she was a member of the National Honor Society. Hughes went on to receive a B.F.A from New York University, her law degree from New England School of Law, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar shortly after.

Currently serving on the Quincy City Council, Kirsten became the first woman elected to the position in the ward's history. In a district where Democrats outnumber Republicans, 9 to 1, Kirsten built a successful coalition of grassroots Republican activists and community leaders to win elected office at the local level – adding herself  to the so called ‘farm team’ of Massachusetts Republican officials. 

Most recently, Kirsten served as the Deputy Finance Director for Senator Scott Brown’s re-election campaign which raised $42 million, the most successful fundraising operation of any incumbent Senator in the country.

Before joining Senator Brown’s team, Kirsten served as Field Director for the Massachusetts Republican Party in 2010, organizing legislative campaigns across the commonwealth in a cycle where Republicans doubled the number of legislators in the House. 

Kirsten also worked in the United States office of Special Counsel where she assisted the prosecution of cases involving government fraud, waste and abuse.  She also clerked at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office to prosecute and arraign criminal cases.

Committed to her community, Kirsten serves as a member of the Quincy Human Rights Commission, volunteers legal services to multiple civic organizations and provides pro bono legal representation in civil and criminal cases.

In October 2010, Kirsten married Philip Doherty a software engineer who grew up in Charlestown.  They are proud parents of son John Phillip.