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Martin J. Walsh

54th Mayor of Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, an accomplished advocate for working people and a proud product of the City of Boston, was sworn in as the City’s 54th Mayor on January 6, 2014. With a commitment to community, equality, and opportunity for every resident and neighborhood, Mayor Walsh is putting all his experience, skills, and passion to work in moving Boston forward.

A labor leader and an active volunteer in his community as a young man, Mayor Walsh won election to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1997. During his 16 years in the House, Mayor Walsh was a leader on job creation, smart growth, workforce development, addiction services, and civil rights.

Mayor Walsh attended St. Margaret’s School in Dorchester, and Newman Prep High School, before following in his father’s footsteps to become a union laborer at the age of 18. Eventually rising to become head of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District, in that role he partnered with the City of Boston to create Building Pathways, a groundbreaking pre-apprenticeship program connecting women and people of color to career opportunities. Mayor Walsh lives on Tuttle Street in Savin Hill and is a graduate of Boston College. He shares his life with his longtime Partner, Lorrie Higgins, and her daughter, Lauren.