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House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran, a Democrat from Boston, represents the 12th Suffolk District, which includes sections of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Milton. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1979. From 1991 to 1996, Speaker Finneran served as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. He was elected Speaker of the House in April 1996 and has since been re-elected in January of 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2003. In 2002 he was elected by the Speakers of 49 states to serve as the president of the National Speakers’ Conference, a conference of Speakers from all 50 states.  Image of Tom Finneran and his daughter

A graduate of Boston Latin School, Speaker Finneran attended Northeastern University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance. In 1978, he received his Juris Doctorate from Boston College Law School and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar that same year.

During his service at both the House Ways and Means Committee and as Speaker, Tom Finneran has consistently promoted the idea of making annual deposits of excess funds. He led the House in establishing the Rainy Day Fund, a state savings account to cushion declines in the economy. He has convinced the House to annually deposit excess revenue into this fund, and it totaled $2.3 billion when first tapped in response to the lingering recession.

Among his other accomplishments as Speaker, Tom Finneran is particularly proud of doubling the number of full day kindergarten classes in the Commonwealth and dramatically increasing early childhood literacy programs. In addition, Speaker Finneran recently led several dozen legislators in an effort to develop a comprehensive package to preserve and produce affordable housing in the Commonwealth. The Speaker also established a Lyceum Lecture Series. Distinguished leaders from all walks of life, including government, academic, business, cultural and literary circles have been invited to address the Massachusetts House of Representatives during a full formal session.

Speaker Finneran sets a standard for a House of Representatives that operates with integrity, civility, truthfulness and candor. He believes in and is a practitioner of the ideal that public employment is an honorable profession, which carries with it an immense responsibility to the people of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Speaker Finneran lives in Mattapan with his wife Donna and their two daughters, Kelley and Shannon. The Speaker is a recreational gardener, and enjoys biking, swimming, reading, and spending time with his family.