Joseph F. Timilty (state senator)

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Joseph F. Timilty (born October 3, 1938 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American politician who was a member of the Boston City Council from 1967 to 1971 and served in the Massachusetts Senate from 1972 to 1985.[1]

Timilty was a candidate for Mayor of Boston in 1971,[2] 1975[3] and 1979.[4]

On January 27, 1993, Timilty was indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.[5] On August 31, 1993, he was sentenced to four months in prison and two years of probation.[6]

In 2001, he was a candidate in the special election to fill the vacancy in the 9th congressional district caused by the death of Joe Moakley. He dropped out of the race due to fundraising issues.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Timilty's grandfather James P. Timilty was a state senator and the namesake of the James P. Timilty Middle School in Boston. His uncle Joseph F. Timilty was Boston Police Commissioner from 1936 to 1943. His son, James E. Timilty is a State Senator. His daughter, Kelly Timilty, was a member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council. His brother, Walter F. Timilty, Sr. is the Clerk of Courts in Norfolk County. His nephew, Walter Timilty, Jr., is a state representative.[8]


  1. ^ 1983-1984 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. 1972. p. 44. 
  3. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. 1976. p. 76. 
  4. ^ Annual Report of the Election Department. 1982. p. 82. 
  5. ^ Bailey, Doug (January 28, 1993). "Timilty indicted in loan probe". Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Timilty Gets Four-Month Jail Term". Associated Press. September 1, 1993. 
  7. ^ Guarino, David R. (July 6, 2001). "Fund-raising scares Timilty out of 9th District race". Boston Herald. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  8. ^ Laidler, John (December 24, 2000). "Timilty Ready to Assume New Court Job". Boston Globe. Retrieved 20 June 2011.