|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Massachusetts's 5th district
January 3, 1979 – January 3, 1985
|Preceded by||Paul Tsongas|
|Succeeded by||Chester G. Atkins|
|55th Attorney General of Massachusetts|
January 1987 – January 1991
|Preceded by||Francis X. Bellotti|
|Succeeded by||Scott Harshbarger|
James Michael Shannon|
April 4, 1952
Johns Hopkins University (B.A.) |
The George Washington University Law School (J.D.)
James Michael Shannon (born April 4, 1952), is a Democratic politician from Massachusetts. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1979 to 1985, and later as the Massachusetts Attorney General.
Shannon was born in Methuen, Massachusetts on April 4, 1952 and grew up in Lawrence. He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1969 and received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1973. He earned a law degree at The George Washington University Law School in 1975 and practiced law in Lawrence.
In 1970 and 1971 Shannon was an intern in the office of Congressman F. Bradford Morse. From 1973 to 1975 he served on the staff of Congressman Michael J. Harrington. In 1976 he ran for the Massachusetts State Senate, losing the Democratic primary to incumbent William X. Wall by only eight votes.
When Senator Tsongas announced his retirement in 1984, Shannon entered the race to succeed him. He was defeated in the Democratic primary by Lieutenant Governor John F. Kerry, who went on to win the seat. Shannon served out the rest of his term in the House, leaving office in January 1985, at which point he was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.
In 1986, he was elected Attorney General of Massachusetts, defeating Edward F. Harrington and serving from 1987 to 1991. He was defeated for re-election in 1990 by Scott Harshbarger in the Democratic primary.
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- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
Paul E. Tsongas
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 5th congressional district
Chester G. Atkins
Francis X. Bellotti
| Attorney General of Massachusetts
1987 – 1991