Antonio Cabral

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Antonio Cabral
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 13th Bristol District
Assumed office
Preceded by Denis Lawrence
Personal details
Born January 26, 1955
Pico Island
Political party Democratic
Residence New Bedford, Massachusetts
Alma mater Bristol Community College
Southeastern Massachusetts University
Occupation Teacher

Antonio F. D. "Tony" Cabral is the current member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the 13th Bristol district.[1]

Early life[edit]

In 1969, when Cabral was 14 years old, he and his family emigrated from Pico Island in the Azores to Bristol, Rhode Island.[2] When he first came to the US, no one in his family spoke English.[3]

He attended school during the day, and worked at night to help support his family. Cabral graduated from Bristol Community College and Southeastern Massachusetts University (now UMass Dartmouth) and began a career as a public school teacher.[4] Cabral taught languages and social studies in Taunton, Massachusetts, Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Carver, Massachusetts before entering politics.[2]

Massachusetts House of Representatives[edit]

Cabral was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1990. He is the current chairman of the House Committee on Bonding, Capital Expenditures, and State Assets and also serves on the Special Joint Committee on Redistricting. [2]

As a State Representative, Cabral worked to extend historic tax credits, pass anti-bullying legislation, secure education funds for New Bedford, and strengthen registration requirements for sex offenders.[3]

He is also a supporter of New Bedford's fishermen and the South Coast Rail.[3]

He has also supported a proposal that would allow for hearings to be held in cases involving certain types of gun crime.[3]

2011 mayoral campaign[edit]

On June 6, 2011, Cabral announced that he was running for Mayor of New Bedford. He ran against City Councilor Linda M. Morad and Assistant United States Attorney Jon Mitchell. Incumbent Mayor Scott W. Lang did not run for re-election.[3]

On November 8, 2011 Cabral was defeated in the mayoral race by Mitchell 52%-48%, taking a total of 9,039 votes to Jon Mitchell's 9,878 votes.[5]


Cabral has received the Collar of the Order of Timor-Leste in 2017.[6]


  1. ^ Massachusetts Legislature profile
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Dan (June 4, 2011). "Cabral confirms he's running for mayor". South Coast Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e McDonald, Dan (June 7, 2011). "Longtime state rep launches mayoral campaign". South Coast Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Bio". Tony Cabral Mayor. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mass. Mayoral Winners: Mitchell In New Bedford; Wong In Fitchburg; Sarno In Springfield; Morse, 22, In Holyoke". The Associated Press. November 8, 2011. Retrieved 10 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Government of Timor-Leste: Tony Cabral receives Collar of the Order of Timor-Leste, 24 May 2017