Mike Connolly (Massachusetts politician)

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Mike Connolly
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 26th Middlesex district
Assumed office
January 4, 2017
Preceded byTimothy J. Toomey Jr.
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic
Other political
Democratic Socialists of America
Spouse(s)Kacy Karlen
ResidenceCambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materDuke University, Boston College Law School

Mike Connolly is a Cambridge activist, attorney, and politician. He defeated Representative Timothy J. Toomey Jr. in September 2016 in the Democratic primary for the 26th Middlesex District, which comprises East Cambridge and East Somerville. Connolly was active with Occupy Boston and ran unsuccessfully against Toomey in 2012. In 2016, he was backed by Our Revolution, a Bernie Sanders-based political organization, and was endorsed by the prominent Cambridge academics Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Lessig.[1] Connolly beat Toomey by about 300 votes and was elected to represent the 26th Middlesex District after Toomey's term ended; Connolly did not face a Republican in the November 2016 election for the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[2] Connolly opposed the November 2016 "ballot question that would lift the charter school cap" and supports the legalization of recreational marijuana.[2] He is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.[3]

Connolly is 6'8", played college football at Duke University, and graduated from Boston College Law School.[4] He is married to wife Kacy Karlen.[5]


  1. ^ Adam Vaccaro (September 9, 2016) Once ‘No Money Mike,’ Cambridge’s Mike Connolly now primed for Beacon Hill Boston Globe. Accessed September 10, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Kyle Scott Clauss (September 9, 2016) Mike Connolly to Become First Occupier Elected to Beacon Hill Boston Daily. Accessed September 11, 2016.
  3. ^ Joseph M. Schwartz (June 14, 2017), Coalition Politics and the Fight for Socialism, Democratic Socialists of America
  4. ^ Chris Faraone (October 26, 2012) Against strenuous odds and a 20-year incumbent, Mike Connolly tries to occupy the State House — without raising a dollar: He Works Hard For No Money Boston Phoenix. Archive URL. Accessed September 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Chris Faraone (September 9, 2016) Interview with Mike Connolly: the first occupier on Beacon Hill DigBoston. Accessed September 11, 2016.