1952 – Born on the 9th of January in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S.A. American politician.
1969 – He graduated high school at Somerville High School.
1973 – He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at Dartmouth College.
1977 – He received his Doctor of Law degree at Boston College Law School.
– He served as a "Alderman" (a member of a Municipal assembly) for Ward Five in Somerville.
1978 – He was the chief legal counsel, joint committee on taxation in the Massachusetts state legislature.
1985 – He served as a Alderman in Somerville City Council.
1990 – He became Mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts.
1998 – He was elected as a Democrat to the One Hundred Sixth Congress and to the four succeeding Congresses to the United States House of Representatives.
– He was the president of the Massachusetts Municipal Association.