John M. Tobin, Jr.

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John M. Tobin, Jr. (born August 31, 1969) is a former Boston City Councilor elected as the District 6 representative to the Boston City Council in 2001 and re-elected in 2003, 2005, and 2007. His district included the neighborhoods of West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and parts of Roslindale and Mission Hill.

During his tenure, Tobin chaired the Council’s committee on Arts, Film, Humanities & Tourism, a post he held since 2002. As of May 2009, he served as Vice Chair of the Post Audit & Oversight Committee, and the Presidential Committee on Council Centennial. He was a member of six other committees.


Tobin was born in Boston on August 31, 1969. He is the son of Jack and Kathy (Freeman) Tobin and is the oldest of six children. He grew up in Dorchester's Lower Mills neighborhood and in West Roxbury, where he resides with his wife Kate (Plunkett) and their sons Matthew and Daniel.


Tobin attended the Charles H. Taylor Elementary School in Mattapan, St. Gregory’s School in Dorchester, and Holy Name School in West Roxbury. He is a 1987 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury. Tobin received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston.


In October 2009, Tobin sponsored a city council resolution declaring October 4, 2009 "Mission of Burma Day" in Boston.[1]

In August 2010, Tobin resigned as District 6 Boston City Councilor to take a position as Vice President for City and Community Affairs at Northeastern University.[2]


  1. ^ "Boston Declares Mission of Burma Day" Bostonist. Accessed 2 October 2009 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-03. .
  2. ^ "Tobin leaving Boston City Council". The Boston Globe. 6 July 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

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