Bill Linehan

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Bill Linehan
Member of the Boston City Council from District 2
In office
2007 – December 31, 2017
Preceded by James Kelly
Succeeded by Edward M. Flynn
President of the Boston City Council
In office
January 2014 – January 2016
Vice President Mark Ciommo
Preceded by Stephen J. Murphy
Succeeded by Michelle Wu
Personal details
Born South Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Residence South Boston, Boston

William P. Linehan is a former member and President of the Boston City Council in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He represented District 2, which includes Downtown Boston, the South End, South Boston and Chinatown.[2][3]

Early life[edit]

Linehan was born in Boston and is the oldest of eight children. He has been active in politics since his teenage years.[2] He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts Boston.[2]


Before his election to the City Council, Linehan served as the Director of Operations for the City of Boston's Parks Department and later as the Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer of the City of Boston for six years.[2]

Linehan was first elected to the City Council via a special election in May 2007, following the death of Councillor James M. Kelly. Linehan was re-elected five times, until announcing in February 2017 that he would not run in the November 2017 election.[4] Linehan was president of the City Council in 2014 and 2015.

In 2014, Linehan championed a proposal to rename South Boston's Branch Library for former Massachusetts Senate President William M. Bulger, the brother of noted gangster and convicted felon Whitey Bulger.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Linehan and his wife, Judy, have four children and six grandchildren.[2]


  1. ^ Encarnacao, Jack (2016-01-05). "Michelle Wu takes reins as Boston City Council president". Boston Herald. Retrieved 2016-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "Bio: Bill Linehan", City of Boston. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
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  4. ^ Irons, Meghan E. (February 15, 2017). "Linehan says he will not seek re-election"Free access subject to limited trial, subscription normally required. The Boston Globe. Retrieved February 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ Fox, Jeremy. "Trying to put a tribute to William Bulger in the books". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Bernstein, David S. (June 28, 2013). "Candidate Chat: Bill Linehan". Boston (magazine). Retrieved February 21, 2018. 
  • "Linehan: What the F?", Commonwealth Magazine, September 2014, archived from the original on 2014-10-06 
  • "Linehan's name game". The Boston Globe. November 22, 2014.
  • Irons, Meghan E. and Ryan, Andrew. "Council head now says raise can wait: Before expected vote, Linehan cites ethics panel advice". The Boston Globe. October 7, 2014.
  • Ryan, Andrew. "Linehan proposes 29% raise for City Council". The Boston Globe. September 16, 2014.
  • "Linehan stirs up resentments with proposal to honor Bulger". The Boston Globe. August 15, 2014.
  • Baker, Billy. "Linehan to skip St. Patrick's parade: City Council leader invited to Ireland". The Boston Globe. February 13, 2014.
  • Irons, Meghan E. "Linehan elected council president". The Boston Globe. January 7, 2014.
  • Irons, Meghan E. "Linehan poised to take council reins: Appears to have secured backers". The Boston Globe. December 10, 2013.
  • Irons, Meghan E. "Linehan, Lee: The rematch: Incumbent city councilor talks up his accomplishments as a 'persistent' rival aims to finish what she began 2 years ago". The Boston Globe. October 24, 2013.
  • Irons, Meghan E. "Councilor Bill Linehan pulls out of District 2 debate". The Boston Globe. October 24, 2013.
  • "Linehan's total isolation", Commonwealth Magazine, October 2013 
  • Ryan, Andrew. "Song in back pocket, Linehan steps up: Councilor warily prepares for a St. Patrick's Day tradition in Boston". The Boston Globe. March 16, 2013.
  • Cassidy, Chris. "Linehan sings praises for St. Pat's Day fest". McClatchy - Tribune Business News . February 17, 2013.
  • Irons, Meghan E. "Linehan stands by his council redistricting plan". The Boston Globe. November 29, 2011.
  • MacQuarrie, Brian. "Linehan keeps District 2 seat in recount: But councilor's redistricting plan draws fire". The Boston Globe. November 24, 2011.
  • Wedge, Dave. "Bill Linehan, recount behind him, vows more focus on schools". McClatchy - Tribune Business News . November 24, 2011.
  • Ryan, Andrew. "Linehan is facing his first challenge". The Boston Globe. September 26, 2011.
  • Van Sack, Jessica. "Southie reigns supreme ; Linehan captures Kelly seat". Boston Herald. May 16, 2007.
  • Matt Viser. Shoe leather makes it a race. Boston Globe, May 12, 2007
  • Slack, Donovan. "Passoni, Linehan reshift focus - Begin groundwork for council seat". The Boston Globe. April 19, 2007.
  • Slack, Donovan. "Passoni, Linehan top race for council". The Boston Globe. April 18, 2007.
  • Johnson, O'Ryan. "Passoni, Linehan to battle for council seat". Boston Herald. April 18, 2007.

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Preceded by
Stephen J. Murphy
President of the Boston City Council
Succeeded by
Michelle Wu