Bill Linehan

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Bill Linehan
Member of the Boston City Council from the District 2
Assumed office
Preceded by James Kelly
President of the Boston City Council
In office
January 2014 – January 2016
Vice President Mark Ciommo
Preceded by Stephen Murphy
Succeeded by Michelle Wu
Personal details
Born South Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Residence South Boston, Boston

Bill Linehan is a member and former President of the Boston City Council in Boston, Massachusetts.[1] He represents Downtown Boston, the South End, South Boston and Chinatown.[2] [3]

Early life and career[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, he 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]

In 2014, Linehan championed a proposal to rename South Boston's Branch Library for former MA State Senate President William M. Bulger, the brother of noted gangster and convicted felon Whitey Bulger.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He 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. ^ Fox, Jeremy. "Trying to put a tribute to William Bulger in the books". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • "Linehan: What the F?", Commonwealth Magazine, September 2014 
  • "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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