American Democratic politician who was elected Mayor of Boston in January of 2014. Prior to holding office as Mayor, he served for over a decade in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
He was diagnosed with childhood cancer and underwent several years of chemotherapy before being declared cancer-free. He attended Boston College.
He became president of a union called Laborers Local 223.
He was in a long-term relationship with Lorrie Higgins.
He succeeded fellow Democrat Thomas Menino as Mayor of Boston.