Mike Boyle

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David Michael "Mike" Boyle (born January 19, 1944, Los Angeles, California) is a Democratic politician in Nebraska, the former mayor of Omaha, and a current member of the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. Mike Boyle has been a lawyer in private practice in Omaha for over 30 years.


Educated in Catholic schools in Omaha (Saint Cecilia elementary school and Cathedral High School),[1] Boyle graduated from Creighton University in 1973 with a degree in economics and management from the Business Administration School. He graduated from the Creighton University School of Law in 1977.[1]

Mike married Anne Howell on April 24, 1965 at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha. They have five children and 18 grandchildren. Anne Boyle is the first woman elected in the 130-year history of the Nebraska Public Service Commission. She was re-elected in 2008 and is a former chair of the Nebraska Democratic Party. She led the Bill Clinton for President campaign in Nebraska and the Re-election campaign, as well. She has been a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions and her father Sam J. Howell was considered the dean of Omaha's Douglas County Courthouse.

Political career[edit]

Boyle was elected Mayor of Omaha in 1981 and re-elected in 1985.[2]

In October 1986, a recall campaign was initiated against Boyle after he fired the city's police chief, citing insubordination. Boyle's brother-in-law had been arrested and convicted for drunken driving, and the police chief had refused Boyle's request that he discipline the officers who were reported to have "stalked" the brother-in-law in order to arrest him.[3][4] Supporters of the recall effort obtained 34,816 signatures on recall petitions, significantly more than the 19,669 signatures needed to force a recall election.[5] The recall election was held in January 1987, and drew exceptionally large turnout of over 98,000 voters, 56.4 percent of those registered. Boyle was removed from office as a result of the election, in which the vote was 56 percent for his recall and 44 percent for his retention.[3][4]

Boyle has served on the Douglas County Board of Commissioners since 1997.[6] In 2010, there was speculation that he would be a candidate for governor of Nebraska, but he declined to run for that office.[7]

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Preceded by
Al Veys
Mayor of Omaha
1981 - 1987
Succeeded by
Stephen Tomasek, Jr.