|Konstantina B. Lukes|
|Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts|
January 13, 2007 – January 4, 2010
|Preceded by||Tim Murray|
|Succeeded by||Joseph C. O'Brien|
|Spouse(s)||James J. Lukes|
Childhood and Education
Konstantina Beqari is daughter of two Albanian immigrants. She was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut and worked in her parents' restaurant while attending public school. Konstantina worked her way through college and law school, graduating from Simmons College and the University of Connecticut School of Law.
Professional career and Public Service
Lukes serves as a public official in Worcester, Massachusetts. She began her public service as the first Chair of the Worcester City Manager's Commission on the Status of Women. She was appointed by Massachusetts' Governor Michael Dukakis as a Commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Lukes ran for office on the Worcester School Committee, eventually serving four terms, while also holding the position of Vice Chairman of the School Committee. She was elected to the Worcester City Council as a Councilor at Large in 1990, and also served as Vice Chairman of the Worcester City Council.
Lukes was sworn in as Mayor of the City of Worcester, Massachusetts, in 2007 and then in January, 2008, she became the first popularly elected female Mayor in the history of the City of Worcester. Her term ended in January 2010.
Konnie Lukes is married to Dr. James Lukes and they have one son, Peter, who is also an attorney in Worcester.
|Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts
January 10, 2007-January 4, 2010
Joseph C. O'Brien