Marty Walsh (politician)

Marty Walsh
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54th Mayor of Boston
Assumed office
January 6, 2014[1]
Preceded byThomas Menino
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 13th Suffolk district
In office
April 12, 1997 – January 3, 2014
Preceded byJames Brett
Succeeded byDaniel J. Hunt
Personal details
BornMartin Joseph Walsh
(1967-04-10) April 10, 1967 (age 51)
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBoston College (Official website

Martin Joseph Walsh (born April 10, 1967) is an American politician from Boston, Massachusetts. A Democrat, he is the 54th and current Mayor of Boston, having served in office since 2014. He was previously a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving in office that from 1997 until 2014 and representing the Thirteenth Suffolk district.

Early life

Walsh was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to John Walsh, an Irish American originally from Callowfeenish, a townland near Carna, County Galway, and Mary (born O'Malley), from Rosmuc, Co. Galway.[2] The couple emigrated to the United States in the 1950s,[3] and gave birth to Marty in 1967.

Walsh grew up in the Savin Hill area of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma at age 7, forcing him to miss most of second and third grade, and repeat fifth grade. At age 11, after going through years of chemotherapy, a scan revealed no traces of the cancer.[4] He went to high school at The Newman School and received a bachelor's degree from the Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College.[5]

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