John H. Flood

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John H. Flood
Norfolk County, Massachusetts Sheriff
In office
Preceded by Clifford Marshall
Succeeded by Michael G. Bellotti
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 6th Norfolk District
In office
Preceded by Joseph Semensi
Succeeded by William C. Galvin
Personal details
Born (1939-06-24)June 24, 1939
Norwood, Massachusetts
Died July 26, 2016(2016-07-26) (aged 77)
Canton, Massachusetts
Political party Republican (1995–2016)
Democrat (1981–1995)
Alma mater Suffolk University
Northeastern University
Suffolk University Law School
Occupation Attorney

John H. Flood (June 24, 1939 – July 26, 2016) was an American politician who was Sheriff of Norfolk County, Massachusetts from 1996 to 1999 and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1981 to 1991.[1]

In 1990, Flood was a candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. His campaign came to an end at the Democratic Convention when he failed to get the 15% necessary to appear on the primary ballot.[2] During the general election, Flood frequently criticized Democratic nominee John Silber, who went on to lose to Republican William Weld. Weld later named Flood to his transition team.[3]

Flood was nominated for a judgeship twice in 1993, but he was rejected both times by the Massachusetts Governor's Council.[4]

In 1996, Flood was appointed by Weld to the vacant sheriff's position in Norfolk County.[5] He ran as a Republican for a full term in 1998, but lost to Democrat Michael G. Bellotti.[6] Prior to being appointed sheriff, Flood was a panelist on the WCVB-TV Sunday morning talk show Five on Five.[5] He died on July 26, 2016.[7]


  1. ^ sof19891990bost#page/132/mode/2up 1991–1992 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Check |url= value (help). 
  2. ^ "Massachusetts Dems pick Bellotti for governor at picketed session". Associated Press. June 3, 1990. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  3. ^ Locy, Toni (July 15, 1993). "Governor's Council rejects Food for judgeship". Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Locy, Toni (September 30, 1993). "Flood again denied in bid to be judge Weld foiled in 4-3 Executive Council vote". Boston Globe. Retrieved 21 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Weld Names Flood to Sheriff Post". Worcester Telegram & Gazette. November 21, 1996. 
  6. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1998. 
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