David Finnegan

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David Finnegan
Chairman of the Boston School Committee
In office
Preceded by Kathleen Sullivan
Succeeded by John J. McDonough
Personal details
Born (1941-01-28)January 28, 1941
Died October 12, 2015(2015-10-12) (aged 74)
Bluffton, South Carolina
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Stonehill College
Boston University School of Law
Harvard University
Occupation Attorney
Talk Show Host

David Ignatius Finnegan (January 28, 1941 – October 12, 2015) was an American attorney, talk show host, and politician. He was a partner at Finnegan, Underwood, Ryan & Tierney.[1]

Political career[edit]

Finnegan was a member of the Boston School Committee from 1975 to 1979 and served as its President from 1978 to 1979.[1] He was a candidate for Mayor of Boston in 1979, finishing fourth out of six candidates with 14.59% of the vote. He ran again in 1983, finishing in third place with 24.99%.[2]

Talk show host[edit]

Finnegan began his media career in 1979 as host of The Dave Finnegan Show on WBZ Radio. He subsequently hosted Weekend with Dave Finnegan on WNAC-TV. He gave up both of his shows to run for Mayor in 1983.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Finnegan was born on January 28, 1941.[4] He was the brother-in-law of astronaut Michael Collins[5] and the uncle of actress Kate Collins.

He was a graduate of Stonehill College (B.A.), Boston University School of Law (J.D.), and Harvard University (A.L.M.).[1] Finnegan died on October 12, 2015 from lung cancer.[6][7]