Last December Mike declared his candidacy as a Democrat for the local State Senate seat. The State Senate meets in Boston and is not to be confused with the U.S. Senate, which meets in Washington. Democratic Party primaries for both State Senate and U.S. Senate take place on the same day in September 2012.
A 16-year resident of Lexington, Mike served previously in the State Senate in 1987-1994 from Cambridge. He has a superb record, reflecting courage under fire and creative leadership by the bushel-full. See Mike’s Record.
Mike grew up the second oldest of ten children. He went to public and parochial schools before working his way through Harvard College on scholarship. Graduating magna cum laude, he co-managed Barney Frank’s first campaign for public office and attended Northeastern University School of Law, after which he was selected to serve as law clerk in the Federal District Court in Washington.
After three terms in the Mass. House of Representatives and four terms in the State Senate, Mike ran for Governor of Massachusetts in the 1994 Democratic primary. Unsuccessful, he left politics in 1995 and moved with his wife and two daughters to their present home in Lexington. Beginning in 1989 and continuing for a decade through the administrations of Michael Dukakis, William Weld and Paul Cellucci, he served as a gubernatorial appointee to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC). Today he’s Lexington’s alternate representative to the Hanscom Field Advisory Commission and takes an active role in battling Hanscom expansion by MassPort.
Since 1995, first as CEO and General Counsel of the Visiting Nurse Associations (VNAs) of New England, a home health nursing network, and then as a senior health care IT market analyst at Forrester Research and Critical Mass Consulting, Mike has worked on information technology and health care.
His interest in computers and the Internet began when he joined the VNAs. In the late ‘90s, home health nurses began lugging laptops into patients’ houses to document their recovery from illness and surgery. Later, at Forrester, he authored a seminal 2002 report on the then-new trend of patients using the Web to empower themselves with information.
Today, as the small-business owner of his own consulting firm, Mike studies mobile phones, social media, inexpensive sensors and even home robots, all with the aim of using technology to help people cope with chronic conditions and take command of their health. For the past five years, from 2007 through 2011, he’s moderated panels at the annual Connected Health Symposium in Boston and delivered keynote addresses at the industry’s annual Healthcare Unbound conferences on the West Coast.
“I’ve spent years away from politics,” Mike says, “immersed in cutting-edge work at the intersection of health care and the Internet. In technology and health care I see unexploited opportunities to boost jobs and help the local economy, and I want to take a fresh crack at the problems we face.”
“No question, people are upset. They’re downhearted about the direction of the country, mistrustful of the private sector and in despair about government. After 17 years of experience in the public sector and 17 years of experience in the private sector, I’ve got fresh energy and a fresh perspective. I’m determined to show that a state senator can make a difference, and I’m ready to go.”
For relaxation, Mike sings lead and plays guitar with Arl-Lex Five & Dime, a band performing folk, country, gospel and early rock’n’roll in venues near Boston.