|Address||172 Central Street |
Somerville, Massachusetts , United States
|| January 09, 1952
Jan 16, 2017 05:37pm
Irish - Italian - Married - Catholic - Straight -
|Info||Michael Everett Capuano is currently serving his third term as a Representative in Congress for Massachusetts' historic Eighth District. He was first elected to this office in November of 1998. The Eighth Congressional District includes Cambridge, Somerville, Chelsea and approximately 70% of Boston. |
Congressman Capuano is a member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including the Subcommitte on Aviation and the Subcommittee on Highways & Transit; and the House Committee on Financial Services, including the Subcommittee on Capital Markets, Insurance, & Government Sponsored Enterprises and the Subcommittee on Housing & Community Opportunity. He also serves on the House Democratic Leadership team as a Regional Whip, an Assistant Whip and as a member of the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
While in the Congress, Mike has been a strong voice for residents of the 8th district. He has searched for ways to create more affordable housing opportunities for constituents and fought against cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) budget that would unfairly impact those most in need of assistance.
Mike succeeded in providing assistance for the development of new intergenerational housing for grandparents raising their grandchildren and in increasing the value of certain section 8 vouchers to offset rising housing costs. He also filed legislation to assist women who are victims of rape during times of conflict or war. Now, $1 million goes toward the development of an international rape-counseling program.
Mike created and co-chairs the bipartisan Congressional Caucus on Community Health Centers and was successful in attaching anti-redlining provisions to disaster insurance legislation. Rep. Capuano also secured funding for a variety of 8th district projects. Some of these include money to: improve the Muddy River, continue planning for the Urban Ring, purchase technology for Roxbury Community College, continue funding the empowerment zone, and to expand the Fenway Community Health Center's HIV prevention, mental health and substance abuse programs.
Mike filed legislation to assist those infected with anthrax and their families after unknown persons used our mail system to attack our country. He also filed legislation to require Medicare coverage for vision rehabilitation services. These services help restore safety and independence to seniors who suffer from vision loss. Moved by the story of a young man forced out of school and into hiding after telling authorities of a crime he witnessed, Mike filed the "Young Witness Assistance Act" to create a grant program at the Department of Justice for locally developed juvenile witness assistance programs.
Mike serves on a number of Congressional Caucuses. Some of these include: Human Rights, Coast Guard, Congressional Member Organization for the Arts, Census, Congressional Friends of Human Rights Monitors, Korea, Medicare, Biomedical, Community Health Centers, Empowerment Zone and Enterprise Community; Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, and the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus.
Prior to his election to Congress, Mike held a variety of elective offices. Mike served as Alderman for Ward Five in Somerville, Massachusetts from 1977-1979, the same seat his father once held. From 1985 to 1989, Mike served as an Alderman-at-Large, a position he held for two terms. In November of 1989, he was elected Mayor of Somerville.
In November of 1997, Mike was re-elected to a record tying fifth term as mayor with 70% of the vote. He resigned from this post in January of 1999, and was sworn in as a United States Representative.
Mike was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1952 to Andrew Capuano of Somerville and Rita Garvey Capuano of Allston-Brighton. Andrew was a disabled World War II veteran who received a Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge.
Mike Capuano graduated from Somerville High School in 1969, received a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College in 1973, and a law degree from Boston College Law School in 1977. He passed the Massachusetts Bar in 1977. Mike also took graduate tax law classes at Boston University Law School.
Mike has been married to Barbara Teebagy Capuano for 28 years. Barbara also graduated from Somerville High School, received her B.S. from Boston State College in 1974 and earned her MBA from Babson College in 1976. Barbara became a Certified Public Accountant in 1978. Mike and Barbara have two children, Michael and Joseph. Both sons are graduates of Somerville High School and attend college in Massachusetts.