Quincy, Massachusetts , United States
|| December 01, 1958
May 03, 2010 04:32am
Irish - Married - Straight -
|Info||Tim Cahill has spent a lifetime in Massachusetts, and has been shaped by the values he learned growing up in Quincy and the experience he gained in business and two decades of public service. As Massachusetts State Treasurer, Norfolk County Treasurer, a Quincy City Councilor and a small business owner, Tim has proven himself to be an independent, fiscally responsible problem solver. Throughout his career in business and government, he’s been an effective leader who found innovative solutions to complex financial problems. And he has lived a middle class life and understands the pressures faced by working families in our state. |
The second of nine children, Tim grew up in Quincy, where he still lives. His father was a maintenance worker at a senior citizens’ home, and his mother was a homemaker. Tim graduated from Quincy High School in 1977, and put himself through Boston University working as a landscaper and security guard. He volunteered as a wrestling coach at Quincy High from 1979 to 1984.
Tim graduated from BU in 1981 with a degree in political science and that fall ran for an open, at-large seat on the Quincy City Council. While he lost a close race, he learned the importance of establishing himself as a member of his community and earning the trust of voters.
In 1982, Tim and two friends from high school went into business together and started Handshakes Café. For ten years, Tim grew the business, and faced the challenges of running a business in Massachusetts. He learned to manage employees, meet payroll, balance a budget, and satisfy customers. He later applied these lessons to his political life.
In 1987, Tim ran for office again. This time, he won and was elected to the Quincy City Council, where he served until 2003. During that time, he was reelected seven times and often topped the citywide ballot. As a City Councilor, Tim served as the chair of the finance committee and focused on the fiscal health of the city through the recessions of the late 1980s and 2001.
In 1996, he ran for the Democratic nomination for Norfolk County Treasurer. Tim won a four-person primary, bested Norfolk County’s only Republican elected official in the general election, and was elected Norfolk County Treasurer.
In 2002, Tim won another four-way Democratic primary, this time for Massachusetts State Treasurer and Receiver General. He was re-elected in 2006 with the highest vote total of all the statewide elected officials. As Treasurer, he reformed the Massachusetts School Building Authority, created a Job Growth Initiative, returned close to $5 billion in Lottery local aid to cities and towns, oversaw the growth of the state pension fund, and reunited $1.1 billion in Abandoned Property with its rightful owners. In 2007, Tim was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship and traveled to India and Ireland studying urban growth.
Over the years, Tim’s positions have sharpened and solidified, but his core values have remained constant. Tim has always believed that taxpayers should come before tax increases. He believes elected officials - and individual citizens - should take responsibility for their actions, and budget to stay within their means. And he’s experienced the pressures on the middle class first hand, as he and his wife Tina work to put their four daughters - Makena (25), Nicole (22), Devin (20) and Kendra (17) - through college, hoping that Massachusetts will have opportunities for their children when they graduate.
In 2009, Tim changed his party affiliation from Democrat to independent because he felt the Massachusetts Democratic Party no longer reflected his values and beliefs – fiscal responsibility, taxpayers first, and relief for the problems faced by the middle class. This isn’t his first time as an independent, though – in 1977, at age 18, Tim first registered as an independent. He switched to Democrat in 1980 so he could vote in the Democratic primary for President, casting a vote for Ted Kennedy. From his first vote for President, to his leadership as Chair of the State Retirement Board, where he stood up to abuses in the public pension system, to his opposition to the sales tax increase which hits hard pressed middle class families at a time of recession, Tim Cahill has demonstrated the independence, courage and common sense that Massachusetts needs at this moment of enormous challenge.