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Michael Everett Capuano was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1952 to Andrew Capuano of Somerville and Rita Garvey Capuano of Boston. Mike was named after both grandfathers, Michael Capuano and Everett Garvey. One was an orphan born in Italy who traveled to America alone when he was eighteen. The other was the son of Irish immigrants.
Mike was elected to Congress in 1998. Prior to his election, Mike served as Mayor of Somerville for five terms. He was first elected Mayor in 1990. In 1998, he served as President of the Massachusetts Municipal Association, a statewide organization that represents the interests of the Commonwealth’s 351 cities and towns. He is also past President of the Massachusetts Mayors’ Association.
As a Member of Congress, Mike was one of a small group of lawmakers to vote against the so-called PATRIOT Act, demonstrating unwavering support for our cherished civil liberties. He has been a consistent and outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq, voting against the Congressional Resolution authorizing use of force.
Mike was appointed to lead the transition team as Democrats prepared for a Majority role in the House. Then Speaker Pelosi also chose Mike to chair the Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement. In 2008, Mike’s resolution establishing the Office of Congressional Ethics passed, marking the first time in the history of the House that an independent perspective was brought to ethics matters. The national advocacy group Common Cause called these efforts “monumentally important” and a “tremendous improvement to the current system.”
Since taking office Mike has been a tireless advocate for issues of importance to his constituents:
Supporting a woman’s right to choose
Supporting marriage equality
Opposing the death penalty
Supporting our troops; bringing them home and giving them the resources they need
Working to preserve and expand affordable housing stock in the expensive Massachusetts market
Leading efforts to expand health care coverage, particularly with community health centers, while supporting our great teaching hospitals, world leaders in biomedical science
Securing record amounts of federal funding for transportation projects as a member of the House Transportation Committee, including $1 billion for the Green Line Extension
Working to bring attention to the ongoing horrors in Sudan and South Sudan, as a co-founder and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Sudan and South Sudan he has traveled to the region and secured funding for humanitarian efforts
Securing for the first time in our nation’s history, funding to help women who are victimized by the use of rape as a weapon of war after hearing disturbing stories about this horror from the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center
Mike graduated from Somerville High School in 1969, received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1973 and a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1977. He passed the Massachusetts Bar in 1977. Mike met his wife, Barbara Teebagy Capuano in a Somerville High School chemistry class. Mike and Barbara have two adult sons, Michael and Joseph.
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