Michael J. McGlynn

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Michael J. McGlynn
31st Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts
In office
January 3, 1988 – January 3, 2016
Preceded by Marilyn Porreca
Succeeded by Stephanie M. Burke
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 64)[1]
Medford, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sheila Halmkin
Children Kathleen
Residence Medford, Massachusetts
Alma mater UMass Boston St. Anselm College, New Hampshire
Website www.Medford.org/mayor

Michael J. McGlynn was the Mayor of Medford, Massachusetts. He began his term as Mayor in 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 J. McGlynn.


McGlynn made a number of successful contributions as Mayor for the city of Medford in his 28 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.
  • Under a new capital improvement plan he rebuilt all fire stations, city's parks and neighborhoods and infrastructure.
  • He serves as a member of the Advisory Commission on Local Government appointed by Governor Paul Cellucci and Jane Swift.
  • McGlynn Has previously served as President of the Massachusetts Mayors Association and Massachusetts Municipal Association. He is a member of Metropolitan Mayors Commission and United States Conference of Mayors.
  • 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 had been the only mayor elected since Medford changed to a Plan A form of government.
  • He is currently the chairman of the National League of Cities Advisory Council.


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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 – January 3, 2016
Succeeded by
Stephanie M. Burke