Marty Walsh, the 54th Mayor of the City of Boston, has spent his life fighting for the people of his home city. From his days as a labor organizer, to his 17 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, to his first term in City Hall, Marty has always been committed to growing opportunities for everyone in Boston, no matter who they are or where they come from.
Marty is a proud product of the City of Boston, born to Irish immigrants in Dorchester with a strong sense of community. Marty’s father and his uncle were active in the leadership of Laborers Local 223, and the Walsh household was always filled with discussions of politics and the importance of fighting for the underdog. From an early age, Marty understood how government could help people find good jobs, send their kids to good schools, and feel safe in their neighborhood.
Marty’s defining experience as a young man was his recovery from alcoholism. He threw himself into the recovery community, where he built his sobriety by sharing it with others. He remains a passionate advocate for those struggling with addiction, carrying the message of hope from Boston’s streets to national platforms.
That’s what Marty’s life has been all about: getting things done for the people who are counting on him. As a labor leader, Marty created Building Pathways, a nationally recognized program to get low-income women and people of color into good careers. As a State Representative, Marty was instrumental in passing legislation during the financial crisis to get workers the pay and benefits they had earned; he was a leading advocate of addiction recovery services; and he was a courageous early defender of marriage equality. Above all else, this is Marty’s north star: every single person deserves dignity, security, and opportunity. A true community leaves no one behind.
As Mayor, Marty has focused on making sure our city’s success is shared by all Bostonians. He has worked to narrow the achievement gap in our schools, with 21 more schools achieving Level 1 or Level 2 status, totaling the most in our history. He has brought thousands of good jobs to our city, and has overseen the successful move of GE’s headquarters to the Boston waterfront. He is building record numbers of affordable homes, has ended chronic veteran homelessness in our city, and is on track to end all chronic homelessness in 2018. Marty has made it his mission to make sure that every Bostonian can live, work, and raise their kids here.
In uncertain political times for our country, Marty is committed to making Boston a welcoming place for all. Whether you’ve lived here for generations or just made this city your home, Marty works every day to ensure your family can build a good life in Boston. By working together, we can build on our city’s progress and lift up every Bostonian in every neighborhood.