Marian Walsh

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Marian Walsh
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Member of the Massachusetts Senate
from the Norfolk and Suffolk district
In office
January 1995 – January 2013
Preceded by William R. Keating
Succeeded by Mike Rush
Personal details
Born Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Education Juris Doctor
Alma mater Suffolk University Law School[1]
Occupation Author, Consultant, Coach

Marian Walsh is an American author, consultant, lawyer and former politician. She is a former State Senator in the Massachusetts Senate where she served nine terms, and a former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives where she served two terms.[2] She was the first woman to serve in the Massachusetts State House and the State Senate from her district.[3] Walsh began her own consulting and coaching firm upon leaving public office. She also authored Run, a book about running for political office as well as started a campaign school at the Kennedy Library.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Walsh was born in Roslindale section of Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated from Ursuline Academy and Newton College of the Sacred Heart with a Bachelor’s degree in American Studies.[1] She went on to earn a Master's degree in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and earned a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School.[1]

Legal career[edit]

Walsh is the former Chief Administrator at the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.[4] During her time at the district attorney's office she established the Victim/Witness Assistance Program.[5] She also established the Homicide Response Team and the Organized Crime Division.[5] She was later appointed Assistant Director of Governmental Relations for the Massachusetts Medical Society where she served as a lobbyist.[6]

Political career[edit]

Walsh had a 22 year career in politics, beginning with her first election in 1988 when she was voted in as a member of the Massachusetts State House.[7] She served the 10th Suffolk District in the House of Representatives between 1988 and 1992. During her political career, she helped to pass notable legislation including an amendment to increase education funding which directly affected Norfolk County Agricultural High School.[7] She voted for gay civil marriage in March of 2004 and also established jail diversion programs.[7][2] During her career, she was also attributed with bringing back the Truman Rally, an election eve political rally in West Roxbury.[8] She was also the first state lawmaker to call for Cardinal Bernard Law to stop down amid the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic archdiocese of Boston in 2002.[9] She also pushed for reform of the Big Dig transportation project in Boston.[10]

Walsh was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in 1992.[5] During her career in the Senate, she served in numerous positions including as Senate Chairman of the Joint Legislative Committees on Taxation and the Committee on Housing and Urban Development.[3] Other departments include Banks and Banking, Ways and Means, Public Service, Education, and Criminal Justice.[3] She was appointed as assistant majority leader in 2003, and again in 2007 for the 2007-2008 legislative term.[3]


Walsh did not run for re-election when her term was up in 2010.[11] She began her own consulting firm and also began teaching at Northeastern University.[2] Part of her consultancy includes the launching of the American Campaign School and Leadership Camp.[2] She also published Run: Your Personal Guide to Winning Public Office, a book about running for office.


Walsh was named one of Boston's 100 Most Powerful Women by Boston Magazine in 2003.[12] She has also been named Legislator of the Year by various groups including the Environmental League of Massachusetts,[13] the State Police Association, the YMCA, the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern Massachusetts, and the ALS Society of Massachusetts. She was named one of Boston's Ten Most Outstanding Young Leaders by Boston Jaycees in 1990 and was awarded the Massachusetts Women's Political Caucus Abigail Adams Awards Recognition for Service in 2010.[14]


  1. ^ a b c Lupo, Alan (26 March 1988). "A Candidate Who Thinks Redistricting Will Help". The Boston Globe. HighBeam. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e Weiss, Joanna (20 October 2013). "Running a farm team for politics". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Halliday, Ryan (5 February 2007). "Sen. Walsh takes leadership spot". Daily News Transcript. Archived from the original on 3 November 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  4. ^ Rezendes, Michael (9 December 1991). "2 women Democrats cruising for matchup Spirited contest seen for Senate seat". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c O’Donnell, Bill (4 February 2011). "Kennedy History Cable Program Deserved To Be Axed". Boston Irish. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  6. ^ Loth, Renee (13 September 1988). "Six Vie To Fill Doyle's Shoes In House Pocketbook Issues At Forefront In Hot Contest To Represent West Roxbury, Roslindale". The Boston Globe. HighBeam. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  7. ^ a b c Child, Alexa (24 June 2010). "State Senator Marian Walsh leaving a career of constant highs, few lows". Wicked Local. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  8. ^ Heisler, Joe (7 November 2002). "Reviving Old-Style Politics in West Roxbury". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 31 March 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  9. ^ Paulson, Michael (10 April 2002). "More are calling for cardinal to resign". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  10. ^ "Walsh pushes for Big Dig review board". Wicked Local. 26 July 2006. Retrieved 29 October 2013.
  11. ^ Loth, Renee (27 January 2010). "Sen. Marian Walsh says she won't seek reelection". Boston Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  12. ^ Bourqui, Martin (5 April 2007). "Ex College class brings in political bigwigs to teach students about Massachusetts politics". The Tufts Daily. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  13. ^ Gitell, Seth. "Talking Politics What Marian Wants". Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 30 March 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013.
  14. ^ Chabot, Hillary (18 July 2009). "Furor Over Marian Walsh Recalled As Republican Now Tapped For Job". Boston Herald. Retrieved 23 October 2013.

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