Thomas P. O'Neill III

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Thomas P. O'Neill III
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65th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 1975 – March 6, 1983
Governor Michael Dukakis
Edward J. King
Preceded by Donald R. Dwight
Succeeded by John Kerry
Personal details
Born Thomas Phillip O'Neill III
(1944-09-20) September 20, 1944 (age 73)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Parents Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill Jr. (father)
Mildred Anne Miller (mother)
Alma mater Boston College (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)

Thomas Phillip O'Neill III (born September 20, 1944)[1] leads a public relations and government affairs firm called O'Neill and Associates in Boston. He is the son of Mildred Anne Miller and Thomas Phillip "Tip" O'Neill Jr., who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1977 to 1987.

From 1975 to 1983, O'Neill served as Lieutenant Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. During his term of office, O'Neill created and administered the Office of Federal-State Relations in Boston and Washington, D.C.. During this time he also served on the U.S. State Department Ambassadorial Screening Committee. Prior to becoming lieutenant governor, O’Neill served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. O'Neill is known for his work on behalf of the Big Dig,[2] a project with which his father was instrumentally involved.

O'Neill declined to seek a third term in 1982 in order to run for Governor of Massachusetts, though he would fall foul of the state Democratic Party's rule changes and failed to make the ballot.[3]

O'Neill sits on the Board of Trustees for Boston College and chairs the Board of Trustees of Cristo Rey Boston High School, having graduated from both. He is on the board of Catholic Democrats, a national advocacy organization dealing with faith and politics. O'Neill received his bachelor's degree from Boston College and earned his Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Donald R. Dwight
Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
John Kerry