Tom Birmingham

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Tom Birmingham
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Tom Birmingham at a roundtable organized by the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service at Suffolk University on 30 January 2009.
President of the Massachusetts Senate
In office
January 1996 – December 2002
Preceded by William M. Bulger
Succeeded by Robert Travaglini
Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Middlesex, Suffolk and Essex district
In office
January 1991 – December 2002
Preceded by Francis D. Doris
Succeeded by Jarrett Barrios
Personal details
Born (1949-08-04) August 4, 1949 (age 65)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Selma Botman
Children Erica,Megan, and john
Alma mater Harvard, Harvard Law

Thomas Francis Birmingham (born August 4, 1949) is the former President of the Massachusetts Senate. He is widely credited, along with Mark Roosevelt, with passage of a sweeping education bill, the Education Reform Act of 1993. He is a graduate of Austin Preparatory School, Phillips Exeter Academy, Harvard College, and Harvard Law School, and he received a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University after his 1972 graduation from Harvard College. He was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts governor in 2002, despite impressive fundraising. An avid cyclist, Birmingham biked across the state of Massachusetts in 2001.[1][2]

In 1999, his proposal to keep the home stadium of The New England Patriots in Massachusetts was accepted by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and passed by the state legislature.

Today, Birmingham serves as Senior Counsel at the law firm of Edwards Wildman Palmer, recently taught state and local government at Tufts University, and teaches education policy at Northeastern University in Boston. His is listed as a notable holder of the Birmingham coat of arms. His wife, Selma Botman, has a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University and served as the President of the University of Southern Maine. They have two daughters, Erica Birmingham,[3] a graduate of Harvard College, and Megan Birmingham,[4] a graduate of Bates College and New York University (nutrition) and now a registered dietitian.[5]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pedaling pol pumps up bicycling voters". TELEGRAM & GAZETTE. 2001-09-02. 
  2. ^ "Sen. Birmingham’s "Tour de Mass"". MassBike Newsletter. 2001-11-07. [dead link]
  3. ^ [ericabirmingham.com]
  4. ^ An Acquaintance Gets Into the Act
  5. ^ Megan Wolf, MS, RD
Political offices
Preceded by
Patricia McGovern
Chairman of the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee
1993–1996
Succeeded by
Stan Rosenberg