Tom Finneran Biography, Age, Parents, net Worth, Education,

Tom Finneran Biography

Tom Finneran is a radio talk host and former Massachusetts Democratic politician who served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from April 1996 to September 2004. He represented the district comprising sections of Dorchester, Mattapan, and Hyde Park’s Boston neighborhoods as well as parts of Milton’s city for 26 years. He resigned and accepted the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council’s role as President.

After pleading guilty to criminal obstruction of justice, he eventually resigned in 2007 in a court case about his testimony about his impact and involvement in the post-2000 census redistribution process. He was disbarred in 2010 (retroactive to January 23, 2007). He co-hosted a morning radio drive slot with WRKO from February 2007 to May 2012.

Tom Finneran Age

He was born on January 27, 1950, Boston, MA. He is currently 69 years.

Tom Finneran Parents

He was born of William, a carpet cleaner, and his wife Mary (b. 1920). He is the fourth of seven children (five brothers and two sisters). He and his wife Donna (née Kelley) have two daughters, Kelley and Shannon F. Mahoney of Milton, Massachusetts.

Tom Finneran Education

He attended the Boston Latin School, graduated from Northeastern University in 1973 with a BA in business administration and finance, and received his JD from Boston College Law School.

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Tom Finneran Net Worth

He has worked as a radio talk host and former Massachusetts Democratic politician who served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. No information on his net worth

Tom Finneran Massachusetts House of Representatives

In 1978, Finneran was first appointed to the House of Representatives in Massachusetts. In 1996, when he defeated Democratic Majority Leader Richard Voke, the favorite to win, he became the 83rd Speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives by winning all 35 Republican caucus votes as well as 56 of 121 Democratic votes (91 of 158 votes in all)

He was known as Speaker for his fiscal conservatism; he insisted on balanced budgets and established the “rainy day fund” of that state. He was also renowned for having somewhat more conservative positions on some social issues than most Massachusetts Democrats, and for his autocratic style of governance that earned him the nickname “King Tom” from some detractors.

Some thought in his proposal to re-district in 2001 that he was attempting to strike back against some of his critics by attempting to eliminate their districts. His original proposition, for instance, would have merged the two primary districts of Newton’s House and would have compelled incumbent Kay Khan and Ruth Balser to run against each other. Both Khan and Balser were Finneran’s vocal opponents, and Finneran relented only after the protests of many women’s advocacy organizations

Tom Finneran Legislative redistricting and court case

Following the 2000 U.S. census, the Massachusetts House, under the leadership of Finneran, drew up new districts in the House in 2001. In a civil case, the Black Political Task Force and others questioned the redistricting as unfair to minority voters by building districts to favor white incumbents to the detriment of black preferred applicants. A three-court Fe in 2004.

It held that 17 districts of Massachusetts House were ordered to be used in the 2004 election, that the legislature was given six weeks to create an acceptable district plan, and that the Black Political Task Force complainant could comment on proposed districts before being approved by the Court.

The tribunal criticized Finneran in a footnote to the judgment, suggesting that he misled the court when testifying that he had little participation in the process of redistribution. The tribunal said, “While Speaker Finneran refused any participation in the redistribution process, the circumstantial evidence highly indicates the reverse conclusion.”

Finneran was free to engage in drafting a parliamentary map before it was released. Finneran was charged in a criminal case in June 2005 by federal prosecutors, charging him with perjury and obstruction of justice for misrepresenting his involvement in the redistribution process. The prosecution quoted eight sessions on redistribution

Tom Finneran Obstruction of justice in the legislative redistricting case

Before the start of the scheduled criminal trial on January 5, 2007, Finneran pleaded guilty to one count of obstruction of justice in exchange for the dropping perjury charges against him by federal prosecutors; the plea bargain allowed him to avoid jail time.

Finneran’s federal prosecutors and attorneys suggested that the once-powerful Beacon Hill figure receive 18 months of unsupervised probation and a fine of $25,000. In exchange, Finneran decided not to run five years after his sentencing date for any elected political role in state, federal or municipal government. The office of the US Attorney decided to reject three counts of perjury against Finneran.

According to the contract, he produced misleading and false statements at the U.S. District Court under oath on November 14, 2003. The seven-page document, signed by Finneran on January 3, 2007, states, “Defendant acknowledges expressly and unambiguously that he has committed the crime so charged in the indictment and that he is actually guilty of the offense so charged in the indictment.

Finneran was confronted with 16 to 21 months in prison if he was sentenced on all counts arising from criminal allegations that he misrepresented his role in creating a legislative redistricting map that diluted the clout of minority voters. Finneran lost his $30,000-a-year pension following his plea. The Supreme Judicial Court’s judgment in 2006 allowed a pension to be revoked in the same c.

His attorney, Richard Egbert, said Finneran never claimed that he was completely uninvolved in the redistribution process and that, in his testimony, he recognized that he had about “half a dozen” discussions with the redistricting committee officials.

In October 2012, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Retirement Board voted that Finneran was not entitled to a government pension of approximately $32,900 per year because of his 2007 conviction of obstruction of justice. Finneran appealed the judgment of the Retirement Board to the Boston Municipal Court where a judge reversed the judgment of the Board, concluding that Finneran’s conviction did not bear “a direct fa”

On 5 April 2017, the Supreme Judicial Court overturned that decision and reinstated the Retirement Board’s judgment, arguing that “[ s]imply put, it is only because he was House Speaker at the appropriate moment that he was in a position to testify to the genesis of the redistricting scheme and to do so wrongly.

Tom Finneran President of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council

Finneran served as president of the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council since he resigned from the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 2004 until January 8, 2007. The council is a non-profit organization with more than 500 corporate and academic members, promoting, and supporting the state’s biotechnology industry. It has been observed that Finneran’s value to the council has been primarily to be out of the office.

As Finneran was a vigorous and powerful opponent of stem cell research and repeatedly blocked legislative efforts to support stem cell research in Massachusetts. Finneran’s reported wage was $416,000 per year. Finneran resigned from the Biotechnology Council on 8 January 2007, less than a week after the plea agreement; the Council unanimously acknowledged his resignation. Finner was a prayer.

Tom Finneran