|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives|
from the 7th Suffolk district
|Preceded by||Franklin W. Holgate|
|Succeeded by||Gloria Fox|
|Boston Housing Authority Administrator|
|Preceded by||Harry Spence|
|Succeeded by||David Cortiella|
|Born||July 2, 1933|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Died||February 15, 2021 (aged 87)|
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Doris Bunte (July 2, 1933 – February 15, 2021) was a Massachusetts state representative and an administrator of the Boston Housing Authority. She was the first African-American woman to hold either position.
She was a tenant activist at the Orchard Park housing project (now Orchard Gardens) in Roxbury. She was a member of the National Rent Board, the Critical Minority Affairs Committee, the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the National Tenants Organization, and the Citizens Housing and Planning Association.
In 1972, Bunte was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives (7th Suffolk District, Wards 8, 9 and 12), where she served for 12 years. She was the first African-American woman elected to the Massachusetts state legislature. In 1984, Mayor Raymond Flynn appointed her Administrator of the Boston Housing Authority, where she served until 1992. She was the first African-American woman to hold that position in Boston, and the first former public housing tenant to lead a public housing agency in a major city. During her career in Massachusetts politics she was known as a strong advocate for public housing.
- Massachusetts House of Representatives' 9th Suffolk district
- 168th Massachusetts General Court (1973–1974)
- 169th Massachusetts General Court (1975–1976)
- 170th Massachusetts General Court (1977–1978)
- 171st Massachusetts General Court (1979–1980)
- 172nd Massachusetts General Court (1981–1982)
- 173rd Massachusetts General Court (1983–1984)
- "Public officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 1973-1974". Internet Archive.
- Walker, Adrian (June 6, 2011). "She's not the retiring type". The Boston Globe.
- Vrabel, Jim (2004). When in Boston: A Time Line & Almanac. Northeastern University Press. pp. 341, 359. ISBN 9781555536213.
- A groundbreaking Black woman in state and city government, Doris Bunte dies at 87