Walter J. Boverini

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Walter J. Boverini
Member of the Massachusetts Senate from the 1st Essex District
In office
Preceded by James J. Carrigan
Succeeded by Edward J. Clancy, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1925-06-05)June 5, 1925
Lynn, Massachusetts
Died November 29, 2008(2008-11-29) (aged 83)
Danvers, Massachusetts
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Boston College
Occupation Educator

Walter J. Boverini was an American politician who served majority leader of the Massachusetts Senate from 1985 to 1994.

Early life[edit]

Boverini was born on June 5, 1925 in Lynn, Massachusetts to Luisa and Attilio Boverini.[1] He graduated from Lynn Classical High School in 1941. After high school, he was drafted into the United States Army and served 8th Air Corps during World War II. During the war Boverini flew 35 combat missions over Europe. He was awarded the Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.[2]

After the war, Boverini entered Boston College. He was a member of the Boston College Eagles football team. After graduating, Boverini began an eighteen-year career as an educator. He worked as a teacher, coach, vice principal, and mentor at St. Mary's High School, Lynn Classical High School, English High School, and Lynn Vocational and Technical Institute.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1970, Boverini was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives, representing the 9th Essex District. In 1972, he ran for State Senate. He defeated incumbent James J. Carrigan by under 500 votes.[2]

In 1979 Boverini was appointed majority whip. Six years later he was appointed majority whip, a position he would hold until his retirement. In these positions, Boverini worked closely with Senate President William M. Bulger. Bulger credited his long tenure as Senate President to Boverini's loyalty and good judgment. Boverini also served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Education for six years. In this role, he helped create the University of Massachusetts system and secured funding to create North Shore Community College's Lynn campus.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Boverini was married to Christine M. (Kirvan) Boverini for forty years. They had two daughters.[2]

Boverini was close friends with Art Donovan for over five decades. The two were roommates and teammates at Boston College. Donovan was the best man at Boverini's wedding.[2]


Boverini died on November 29, 2008 in Danvers, Massachusetts.[2]


  1. ^ 1993–1994 Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Walter J. Boverini". The Daily Item (Lynn, MA). November 30, 2008. Retrieved March 12, 2013.