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
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.