Mayor, City of Boston
National Press Club Luncheon Speaker -- April 30, 2003
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Thomas Menino is the third-term mayor of Boston and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. The city's first Italian-American mayor, Menino was first elected in November 1993, taking more than 60 percent of the vote. He was uncontested in the 1997 election, and won a third term in a landslide victory in November 2001.
A lifelong resident of Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood, Menino has identified public safety, education, housing, workforce development and economic development as his core priorities. Over the last eight years, he has focused on 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.
Menino became the president of the United States Conference of Mayors in May 2002. Menino has used his 13-month tenure as spokesman for the nation's mayors to bring attention to the housing crisis facing America's working families. He has also focused on homeland and economic security.
Prior to becoming mayor of Boston, Menino served four months as acting mayor and nine years as a council representative for Boston's Hyde Park neighborhood. He is a graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and holds an associate's degree from Chamberlayne Junior College. In 1988, he earned a bachelor's degree in community planning from the University of Massachusetts at Boston.
Menino and his wife, Angela Faletra, have two children.