Marty Walsh (politician)
|54th Mayor of Boston|
January 6, 2014
|Preceded by||Thomas Menino|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 13th Suffolk district
April 12, 1997 – January 3, 2014
|Preceded by||James Brett|
April 10, 1967 |
|Alma mater||Boston College|
Martin J. "Marty" Walsh (born April 10, 1967) is an American politician from Boston, Massachusetts. A Democrat, he is the 54th and current Mayor of Boston, in office since 2014. He previously served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving from 1997 until 2014 and representing the Thirteenth Suffolk district.
Walsh was born to John Walsh, an Irish-American originally from Callowfeenish, a townland near Carna, Ireland and Mary O'Malley, also from Ireland. The couple immigrated from Galway, Ireland to America in the 1950s, and gave birth to Marty in 1967.
As a child Walsh grew up in the Savin Hill area of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He was diagnosed with cancer at age 7, forcing him to miss most of second and third grade, and repeat fifth grade. At age 11, after going through years of chemotherapy, a scan revealed no traces of cancer or tumors.
Walsh joined the Laborers Local 223 union at age 21 and is currently the union's president.
He was elected secretary-treasurer and general agent of the Boston Metropolitan District Building Trades Council, a union umbrella group, in the fall of 2010.
Walsh was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1997. He represented the Thirteenth district of Suffolk County, which includes Dorchester and one precinct in Quincy. He was the Chairman of the Committee on Ethics, and served as a Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party Labor Caucus. During his tenure he also served as the co-chair for the Special Commission on Public Construction Reform.
2013 mayoral election
In April 2013, Walsh announced he was running for Mayor of Boston in the 2013 mayoral election. He resigned the Trades Council position in April 2013 after formally announcing his bid for mayor.
Walsh campaigned on the promise to champion a 24-hour Boston, including extending the hours of operation of the MBTA into the night. The MBTA answers to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, which is a state and not city agency, but Walsh campaigned on the promise to extend MBTA service thanks to his tenure in the state house. "As a 16-year veteran of the House," he said, "I am uniquely qualified to negotiate transportation plans with the legislature."
On September 24, 2013, Walsh finished first out of twelve candidates in the mayoral preliminary with 18% of the vote. As a result, he advanced to the general election on November 5, 2013, facing Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly.
Walsh defeated Connolly in the general election on November 5, 2013, with 52% of the vote.
Walsh continues to reside in Dorchester, living separately from long-time girlfriend Lorrie Higgins, who resides a few blocks away. He is a recovering alcoholic, with eighteen years of continuous recovery in a twelve-step program.
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|Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
January 6, 2014 - present