Michael J. Connolly

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Michael Joseph Connolly
26th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
In office
Preceded by Paul H. Guzzi
Succeeded by William F. Galvin
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives[1]
In office
1973[1] – 1978[1]
Constituency 24th Suffolk District[2]
Personal details
Born (1947-04-20) April 20, 1947 (age 70) [2]
Boston, Massachusetts[2]
Political party Democratic[2]
Spouse(s) Lynda M. Connolly
Children 4
Residence Roslindale, Boston, Massachusetts
Alma mater Boston Latin School[2]
College of the Holy Cross[2]
New England School of Law[2]
Occupation Attorney
Real Estate Developer

Michael Joseph Connolly (born April 20, 1947 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a former politician who served as Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth from 1979–1994.

An attorney by profession, Connolly was first elected to public office in 1973 when he won a seat in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[3]

He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Edward Brooke's United States Senate seat in 1978,[4] but he dropped out of the race and instead ran for and was elected Secretary of the Commonwealth. Connolly ran for the Senate again in 1984, losing the nomination to Lieutenant Governor John Kerry.[5]

Connolly is currently involved in real estate development.[6]


Connolly is married to Lynda M. Connolly, Chief Justice of the Dedham District Court. They have four children, including Boston City Councilor John R. Connolly.[7]


  1. ^ a b c O'Neill, Edward B. (1981), 1981–1982 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 22. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g O'Neill, Edward B. (1981), 1977–1978 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Boston, MA: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, p. 127. 
  3. ^ EDWARD B. O'NEILL and ROBERT E. MacQUEEN (1989). 1989–1990 Public Officers of the COMMONWEALTH of MASSACHUSETTS. 
  4. ^ Jack Germond and Jules Witcover (March 21, 1978). "Democrats Eyeing Brooke as Vote Target for This Fall". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "MA US Senate – D Primary". Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  6. ^ Elana Zak (November 18, 2009). "Work halted at controversial Hillside condo project in Wellesley". Wellesley Townsman. Retrieved December 10, 2009. 
  7. ^ http://bc.edu/schools/law/alumni/ebrief/features/summer08/feature3/slide6.html
Political offices
Preceded by
Paul Guzzi
26th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth
Succeeded by
William F. Galvin