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Congressman

Massachusetts (District: 7)

Democratic

Current

starts 01/03/2013

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Michael Everett “Mike” Capuano (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English">/http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ˌhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">khttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">æhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">phttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">jhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">uːhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ˈhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">ɑːhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">nhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English#Key">oʊhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA_for_English">/; born January 9, 1952) is an American politician who serves as the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives">U.S. Representativefor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts%27s_7th_congressional_district">Massachusetts’s 7th congressional district. A member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Democratic_Party_(United_States)">Democratic Party, his district includes the northern three-fourths ofhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston">Boston, as well as http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somerville,_Massachusetts">Somerville and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge,_Massachusetts">Cambridge. Prior to being elected to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Congress">Congress he served as an http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alderman">Alderman and later http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_mayors_of_Somerville,_Massachusetts">Mayor of Somerville.

He was born and raised in Somerville, and after graduating from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmouth_College">Dartmouth College and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_College_Law_School">Boston College Law School, he worked as an attorney and Somerville alderman. After losing two elections for Mayor in 1979 and 1981, he went to work as legal counsel for thehttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_General_Court">Massachusetts General Court. He ran for a Mayor a third time in 1989 and won, serving from 1990 to 1999.

In 1998 he navigated a crowded Democratic primary and to replace http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Kennedy_II">Joseph Kennedy II in Congress and has since been re-elected six times. He represented the state’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts%27s_8th_congressional_district">8th district until it was redrawn in 2013 into the 7th district. In Congress he is a staunch http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberalism_in_the_United_States">liberal and member of the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Congressional_Progressive_Caucus">Congressional Progressive Caucus. He ran in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_special_election_in_Massachusetts,_2010">2010 special election to fill the seat in the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate">United States Senate made vacant by the death of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Kennedy">Ted Kennedy, his predecessor’s uncle, but lost the primary to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martha_Coakley">Martha Coakley, who in turn lost the general election to Republican http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Brown">Scott Brown.

When Democrats took back a majority in the House, Mike was appointed to head the Transition by Leader Nancy Pelosi. He was also appointed to chair the Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement, which resulted in the establishment of the Office of Congressional Ethics, and what the Washington Post called “a significant improvement over the current process.” In March of 2008, his resolution establishing an Office of Congressional Ethics passed, involving non-Members of the House in ethics matters for the first time in history.

Mike works for his constituents on local, national and international levels. He has successfully protected the state’s share of federal transportation dollars. For example, in the recent highway funding bill, Massachusetts was one of only four states to receive an increase in total annual funding. Mike’s measure establishing a nationwide tunnel safety inspection program became law in 2012.

Moved by the story of a young man forced out of school and into hiding after telling authorities of a crime he witnessed, Mike filed the “Young Witness Assistance Act” to create a grant program at the Department of Justice for locally developed juvenile witness assistance initiatives. Mike also succeeded in passing a law to require Medicare coverage for vision rehabilitation services. These services help restore safety and independence to seniors who suffer from vision loss.

Mike co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Caucus on Sudan. He has emerged as a leading Congressional voice, traveling to the region, securing $50 million for peacekeepers and advocating for a strong response to the humanitarian crises there.

Prior to serving in Congress, Mike was the Mayor of Somerville, MA from January of 1990 through January of 1999. He was born in Somerville to Andrew Capuano of Somerville and Rita Garvey Capuano of Allston-Brighton and Dorchester. He graduated from Somerville High School, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 1973, and a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1977. He passed the Massachusetts Bar in 1977.

Mike is married to Barbara Teebagy Capuano. Barbara also graduated from Somerville High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College in 1974 and earned her MBA from Babson College in 1976. Barbara became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. They have two sons, Michael and Joseph.

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