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Michael Everett Capuano (D)
Date Of Birth & Birthplace: 1/9/1952 (Somerville, MA)
Race: White
Religion: Catholic
Residence: Somerville, MA
Education: Undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH; JD in law from Boston College Law School, Boston, MA
Occupation: Attorney
Office Type: U.S. House -- Massachusetts District 8 

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Michael Everett Capuano was born in the working-class city of Somerville, Mass., and has lived there all his life. He was named after his grandfathers, Michael Capuano, an Italian orphan who immigrated to America alone at 18, and Everett Garvey, the son of Irish immigrants. His father, Andrew Capuano, was a disabled World War II veteran who was the first Italian-American elected official in Somerville history.

Capuano attended Somerville public schools. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1973, he earned a law degree at Boston College law school in 1977 and went on to work as a tax attorney.

His first elected office was alderman in Somerville in 1977. He also worked for the taxation committee in the Massachusetts legislature and as a tax attorney for the Boston law firm Joyce and Joyce from 1984 until January 1990, when he became Somerville's 34th mayor.

Capuano was first elected to the U.S. House in 1998.

He met his wife, Barbara Teebagy, in a high school chemistry class. She is a certified public accountant. They have two children, Michael and Joseph.

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Michael Capuano was elected an alderman in Somerville, Mass., in 1977. He was elected mayor of Somerville in 1989 and won re-election to four consecutive terms.

In 1998, he won the Democratic primary in the historic 8th congressional District. He won the general election with 82 percent of the vote over Republican Philip Hyde.

He faced no opposition to his congressional seat in 2000.

He was also re-elected in 2002.

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