Pawtucket, Rhode Island , United States
Jun 13, 2010 01:21am
|Info||A lifelong resident of the First Congressional District, Bill was born and raised in Pawtucket as part of a family that always emphasized the importance of public service. Bill's father, the late Dennis M. Lynch, served as Mayor of Pawtucket from 1973-1981, and Bill and his 6 brothers and sisters learned how to positively affect people's lives through public service and to fight for what's right, no matter how hard the fight. |
Bill's lessons in leadership extended into his role as an exceptional student-athlete, first as Senior Class President and Captain of the varsity basketball team at St. Raphael Academy in Pawtucket, then as varsity basketball captain at Brandeis University, where he graduated in 1979. He then went on to receive his law degree at Suffolk University in 1982.
With an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of the world, Bill spent a year in Belfast playing basketball for the Irish National Team in 1982.
Upon returning to Rhode Island, Bill embarked on a career to positively affect the lives of Rhode Islanders. Working in the RI Department of Attorney General, Bill directed the Consumer Protection Division, where he stood up for Rhode Islanders in disputes against companies harming the public with deceptive and unfair business practices.
Following a calling to serve the city that provided so much for him, Bill was elected as a City Councilor, a position that he proudly held for six years.
Along the way, he met and married his wife Lynn and had two children, while growing his law practice, representing families and small businesses.
In 1998, Bill was elected as the Chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, a position that he held until February of 2010. In his role as Chairman, Bill vigorously opposed the detrimental policies of President Bush and Vice President Cheney. At the state level, he was often alone in battling the policies put forth by Republican Governor Donald Carcieri which would have adversely affected Rhode Island working families.
Now, Bill is running for Congress because Washington has stopped working for families. In Congress, Bill will make special interests, like Wall Street banks and big insurance companies, take a back seat to Rhode Island families. Bill understands the struggles many Rhode Island families are facing. That's why his priority will be on creating job opportunities – by focusing on job retraining, investing in tax incentives for innovative companies and putting more resources into community colleges and our universities to create a world-class work force.