Michael J. McGlynn

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Michael J. McGlynn
31st Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 3, 1988
Preceded by Marilyn Porreca
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
for the 37th Middlesex District
In office
January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1988
Personal details
Born (1953-04-23) April 23, 1953 (age 62)[1]
Medford, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sheila Halmkin
Children Kathleen
Residence Medford, Massachusetts
Alma mater UMass Boston St. Anselm’s College, New Hampshire
Website www.Medford.org/mayor

Michael J. McGlynn is the Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts. He has been mayor since 1988.[1] He also served from 1977- 1988 as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives representing the 37th Middlesex District (Medford/Malden).[1]


McGlynn graduated from Arlington Catholic High School in 1971. He then attended University of Massachusetts Boston where he graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/ History.[1]

Family life[edit]

McGlynn is married to Sheila (Halmkin) McGlynn and they have 3 daughters, Kathleen, Jennifer, and Amanda.[1] He is the son of former Medford Mayor & City Councilor John McGlynn.


McGlynn has made a number of successful contributions as Mayor for the city of Medford in his last 20 years in office.

  • He championed the successful initiative to rebuild all Public Elementary and Middle Schools in Medford, because the previous schools were all 80 years or older. It cost the State $110,000,000, and was completed in 2003.
  • He serves as a member of the Advisory Commission on Local Government appointed by Governor Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift.
  • He is a Chairperson of The Mystic Valley Development Commission which is working on a project called Rivers Edge. Rivers Edge is a Program focusing on mixed use development of residential, office and open space areas.
  • The city of Medford has been selected a “Tree City USA” since 1999 under his leadership.
  • In 2004, McGlynn Co-chaired a Caroling Festival called "Medford’s Jingle Bell Committee’s Caroling Festival" which led to Medford being placed in the Guinness Book Of World Records for the largest group of carol singers.
  • In 2013 he was elected to his 13th term and is the longest active serving mayor in Massachusetts, making him the "Dean of Mass Mayors".
  • He has been the only Mayor elected since Medford changed to a Plan A form of government.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Robert M. Penta
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
37th Middlesex District

January 3, 1977 – January 3, 1988
Succeeded by
Vincent Ciampa
Preceded by
Marilyn Porreca
31st Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts
January 3, 1988 –
Succeeded by