At a Glance
- Career History: Mayor of Somerville, Mass. (1989-1998); Practicing attorney (1984-1990); Somerville Alderman-At-Large (1985-1989)
- Birthday: January 9, 1952
- Hometown: Somerville, Mass.
- Alma Mater: Dartmouth College, B.A. 1973; Boston College, J.D. 1977
- Spouse: Barbara
- Religion: Catholic
- Committees: Transportation and Infrastructure , Financial Services
- DC Office: 1414 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, DC 20515, Phone: 202-225-5111
- District Offices: 110 First Street, Cambridge, MA 02141, Phone: 617-621-6208
Path to Power
The grandson of an Italian immigrant and son of a Somerville mayor, Michael E. Capuano was born in Somerville, Mass., on January 9, 1952. He attended Somerville High School, and went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1973 and a law degree from Boston College in 1977.
Capuano was a tax attorney and local politician for almost two decades before joining Congress in 1999. As a lawyer, he worked for the taxation committee in the Massachusetts legislature and for the Boston law firm Joyce and Joyce.
Known for his outspoken and often humorous style, Capuano is a reliable liberal who voted along party lines 98 percent of the time in the 111th Congress. He supports abortion rights and same-sex marriage and is against the death penalty.
As a member of the House Financial Services Committee, Capuano has frequently taken on banking and auto executives, chastising them for their roles in the 2008-2009 economic crisis. In February 2009, he compared bank executives to bank robbers and suggested they should be thrown in jail.
Capuano co-founded and co-chairs the Congressional Sudan Caucus. In the 112th Congress, his co-chairs are Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.). Capuano also co-chairs the Congressional Former Mayors Caucus alongside Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio).
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Capuano have a close working relationship. Pelosi tapped Capuano in 2006 to head the Democrat House transition team and in 2007 to chair the Special Task Force on Ethics Enforcement. She also endorsed Capuano in his short-lived 2009 senatorial run.