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.