Gerard F. Doherty

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Gerard Francis Doherty is an American political figure who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1957 to 1965 and Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1962 to 1967.

Early life[edit]

Doherty was born on April 6, 1928 in Boston. He attended Malden Catholic High School, Harvard University, and Wayne University. After graduating he worked in public relations.[1]

Political career[edit]

Doherty was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1956, representing the 2nd Suffolk District.[1]

In 1961, Doherty graduated from Suffolk University Law School and after being admitted to the bar, began practicing real estate, public policy, and energy law.[2]

Doherty also worked as a campaign coordinator for United States Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody.[2]

On December 12, 1962 he was unanimously elected Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.[3]

In 1976, he was campaign director for Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign in New York.[4]

Later career[edit]

After leaving politics, Doherty became a leading Boston lobbyist and served as a regent of the state Board of Regents of Higher Education.[5][6]


  1. ^ a b 1963-1964 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ a b Higgins, Kaileigh (November 23, 2010). "MC to open public policy center in memory of Ted Kennedy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Micciche, S. J. (December 13, 1962). "Let Chairman Rule Democrats--McCormack". The Boston Globe. 
  4. ^ Michelson, A (August 7, 1976). "Carter leans to outsiders to run state campaigns". Boston Globe. 
  5. ^ "Doherty holds lead in lobbying earnings". The Boston Globe. September 24, 1970. 
  6. ^ Mohl, Bruce (July 19, 1986). "Regents Chairman Declines to Call Special Meeting on Collins; Contract". The Boston Globe. 
Party political offices
Preceded by
John M. Lynch
Chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Lester Hyman