Stephen W. Doran

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Stephen W. Doran
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 15th Middlesex district
In office
Preceded byLincoln P. Cole
Succeeded byJay R. Kaufman
Personal details
Born (1956-03-26) March 26, 1956 (age 63)
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
OccupationState legislator
Parking lot manager
Bank executive
Drug trafficker

Stephen W. Doran is an American politician who was a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1981 to 1995. He later worked as a bank executive and math tutor. In 2014 he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and served 3 years in prison; he was scheduled to finish his sentence in 2017.

Early life[edit]

Doran was born on March 26, 1956, in Boston. He attended Lexington High School, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the London School of Economics.[2]

Political career[edit]

Doran began his political career as a Lexington Town Meeting Member in 1975.[2] In 1978 he unsuccessfully challenged incumbent state representative Lincoln P. Cole. In 1980 he defeated Cole to become the representative for the 15th Middlesex District.[3] During his freshman term, Doran was an active participant in the House budget debate.[4]

At the beginning of his second term, Doran was a leader of a bipartisan coalition of more than fifty representatives who sought to reform the House rules. Their proposed changes included limiting sessions to the hours between 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., requiring that agendas be published for all formal sessions, that all conference reports be distributed 24 hours before floor action, and allowing television and radio journalists to broadcast formal House sessions.[5][6] He also was a leading supporter of overhauling the prevailing-wage law, which required the Commonwealth and municipal governments to pay union wages on contractual jobs, such as construction or snow removal.[7]

While serving in the House, Doran had a parking lot concession in Cape Cod and spent most of the summer running it.[8]

Ethics Committee[edit]

In 1989, Speaker George Keverian chose Doran to chair the House Ethics Committee.[9] In 1990, the committee chose to take no action against Keverian after he admitted to hiring subordinates to do remodeling work on his house and accepting free rugs from a legislative vendor. The committee concluded that the conflict of interest law Keverian admitted to violating does not exist in the House ethics code and therefore took no disciplinary action against him.[10] In 1991, the committee voted 6 to 5 to remove Kevin Fitzgerald from his position as majority whip for having accepted a $200,000 inheritance from a troubled homeless woman. Doran sided with two other Democrats and three Republicans in favor of sanctioning Fitzgerald.[11] In 1994, the committee was on the verge of recommending the expulsion of representative John McNeil due to charges that he solicited sex from one of his former interns. However, Massachusetts Attorney General Scott Harshbarger and US Attorney John Pappalardo requested that the committee suspend its work due to fears that taking testimony from witnesses during a quasijudicial hearing could jeopardize their cases (which included extortion, bribery, money laundering, and mail fraud) against McNeil.[12]

Post-political career[edit]

In 1994, Doran chose not to run for reelection and instead entered the banking industry as a vice president at Fleet Mortgage, a subsidiary of Fleet Financial Group.[13][14] At Fleet, Doran oversaw the company's New England mortgage operations.[15]

In August 2012, Doran began working as a math tutor at MATCH Public Charter Middle School in Jamaica Plain. He was later diagnosed with stage three melanoma and began chemotherapy.[1]

Methamphetamine trafficking[edit]

On May 21, 2013, Doran received a package at the school. State Police, acting on a tip, detained Doran on the street and obtained the package from the school front desk. The package contained two heat-sealed baggies containing 480 grams of crystal meth. Authorities then obtained a warrant to search Doran's home. There they found an additional 38 grams of meth, about $10,000 in cash, and a digital scale and other items consistent with drug distribution. He was arrested on charges of trafficking methamphetamine and violating the state's law against drugs in a school zone. The drugs had a street value of about $50,000[1][16]

On March 31, 2014, Doran pleaded guilty to trafficking in methamphetamine and money laundering. He was sentenced to three years in prison followed by two years of probation. According to one of his defense attorneys, Doran was a "terrible addict" who had sought treatment and been substance-free since his arrest.[17]

Due to the similarities, Doran's case has been compared to the television show Breaking Bad and Doran has been compared to its protagonist, Walter White.[16][17][18][19][20] Like White, Doran was a teacher who began dealing crystal meth after being diagnosed with cancer. Both men also underwent chemotherapy and are bald as a result.[16]


  1. ^ a b c "Police: Tutor received package containing meth at charter school". May 22, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  2. ^ a b Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1992–1993. p. 120.
  3. ^ Collins, Laurence (November 5, 1980). "No coattails for Mass. GOP". The Boston Globe.
  4. ^ Black, Chris (June 11, 1981). "The House's independent freshmen". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ "House Group Hopes to Win Rules Changes". The Boston Globe. January 5, 1983.
  6. ^ Collins, Laurence (January 11, 1983). "House Moves to Lift TV Ban". The Boston Globe.
  7. ^ Collins, Laurence (July 19, 1984). "9 Union Leaders Back McGee Over Keverian". The Boston Globe.
  8. ^ "Short Circuit". The Boston Globe. July 1, 1984.
  9. ^ Loth, Renee (January 18, 1989). "House Leadership Team Includes No Minorities". The Boston Globe.
  10. ^ Phillips, Frank (May 9, 1990). "House Ethics Panel Urges No Action Against Keverian". The Boston Globe.
  11. ^ McGrory, Brian (December 22, 1991). "For Fitzgerald, a fast rise, a long fall". The Boston Globe.
  12. ^ Phillips, Frank (October 1, 1992). "`Reluctantly,' panel halts McNeil probe". The Boston Globe.
  13. ^ Iudica, Doreen (March 13, 1994). "Hopkinton woman launches bid to bump Magnani from Senate". The Boston Globe.
  14. ^ Cassidy, Tina (January 13, 1996). "Government shutdown backs up mortgages". The Boston Globe.
  15. ^ Collins, James (August 8, 2003). "Mortgage Rates Rise to 1-Year High, Adjustable Loans Drawing Attention". The Boston Globe.
  16. ^ a b c "The real-life Breaking Bad? School teacher with cancer arrested for drug trafficking after he his found with two bags of meth". Daily Mail. May 24, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  17. ^ a b "Ex-pol cops plea in case evoking Breaking Bad". Boston Herald. April 1, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  18. ^ "Real-Life Walter White? Stephen Doran, Massachusetts Tutor With Cancer, Charged With Trafficking Meth". The Huffington Post. May 24, 2014. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  19. ^ "Real-life 'Walter White' arrested in Mass. : teacher battling cancer was 'trafficking meth'". New York Post. May 23, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  20. ^ Ryan, Patrick (September 19, 2013). "Real-life crimes echo 'Breaking Bad'". USA Today. Retrieved April 3, 2014.