Mayor Thomas M. Menino records
- Menino, Thomas M., 1942-2014 (Person)
Thomas M. Menino was the longest serving Mayor of the City of Boston. The first Italian-American Mayor of Boston, he was elected to his first term on November 2, 1993, winning 64 percent of the vote and 18 of the city's 22 wards. Mayor Menino was re-elected to a second term without opposition in 1997, won a third term in a landslide victory in November 2001. Mayor Menino won a historic fourth election in November, 2005 with 68 percent of the vote and won a fifth term on November 3, 2009. Prior to his election in 1993, he previously served four months as Acting Mayor and nine years as a District City Councilor from Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. In March of 2013, Mayor Menino announced that he would not seek re-election. Mayor Menino passed away in 2014.
A lifelong resident of Hyde Park, Mayor Menino was a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. In 1963, Mayor Menino earned an associate's degree in business management and advertising and sales from Chamberlayne Junior College. In 1988, he earned a degree in community planning from the University of Massachusetts. Mayor Menino and his wife, the former Angela Faletra, have two children, Susan and Thomas, Jr., and six grandchildren.
During his tenure as Mayor of Boston, Mayor Menino worked hard to improve the quality of life for all of Boston's 589,000 residents. As President of the United States Conference of Mayors from 2002-2003, Mayor Menino championed homeland security and housing availability. He was an advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1989. In the summer of 2004, Mayor Menino brought the Democratic National Convention to Boston. The convention put a national spotlight on Boston, showcasing all that Boston has to offer. Estimates put the economic contribution of the convention at more than $150 million dollars and its positive effects will be felt for years.
Mayor Menino's reputation for getting the job done earned him a high approval rating among Boston residents. His main priorities were: providing every child with a quality education; creating affordable housing; lowering the crime rate; revitalizing Boston's neighborhoods; and promoting a healthy lifestyle for all city residents.
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