Maura Hennigan

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Maura Hennigan
Councilor Albert L. "Dapper" O'Neil, Councilor Maura Hennigan, Mayor Raymond L. Flynn (9617959624).jpg
Hennigan (center) with Mayor Raymond Flynn (right) and City Councillor Dapper O'Neil (ca.1984–1987)
At-large member of the Boston City Council
In office
Member of the Boston City Council for District 6
In office
Preceded bydistrict created
Succeeded byJohn M. Tobin Jr.
At-large member of the Boston City Council
In office
Preceded byPeggy Davis-Mullen
Succeeded bySam Yoon
Personal details
Alma mater

Maura A. Hennigan (born ca.1952) is an American politician who currently serves as the Clerk Magistrate of Suffolk County, Massachusetts, Superior Court Criminal/Business Division.[1] She is a previous member of the Boston City Council and was a mayoral candidate in 2005. From 1987 to 1993, she was known as Maura Hennigan Casey.

Early life[edit]

Hennigan graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy, an all-girls, Roman Catholic college preparatory school in Boston, she attended Salve Regina College, but did not graduate. She later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[2]

After college she became a registered dietician, interning at Boston Lying-In Hospital,[2] she was a teacher in the Boston Public School system for seven years until she lost her job as a result of cuts following the implementation of Proposition 2½.[3]

Political career[edit]

Hennigan (second from right) with Mayor Raymond Flynn (center) and several Boston City Council members (ca.1984–1987)

From 1982 through 2005, Hennigan was a member of the Boston City Council, she was first elected in November 1981, the final election when all seats were at-large. She was subsequently re-elected to nine two-year terms as the representative for District 6 (Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury). In November 2001, she successfully ran for an at-large position, and was re-elected in November 2003, she was the first woman to chair Boston's Ways and Means Committee.[3]

In 1986 she was a candidate for Massachusetts Auditor, she finished second in a three way Democratic primary to A. Joseph DeNucci.[4]

Hennigan unsuccessfully ran for Mayor of Boston in November 2005, she was defeated by incumbent Thomas Menino, who garnered 67% of the vote.[5]

In 2006, Hennigan was elected Clerk of the Criminal/Business Court of Suffolk County, after defeating Assistant Clerk of Court Robert Dello-Russo, she is the ninth elected official to hold this position and the first female.[3]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2007, Hennigan hosted a weekly television show on Boston Neighborhood Network,[3] she is the daughter of former register of probate, state senator, state representative, and Boston School Committee member James W. Hennigan Jr. She has a brother, James W. Hennigan III and a sister Helen, her grandfather James W. Hennigan Sr. was a state senator and the namesake of the James W. Hennigan School in Jamaica Plain, she is the grandniece of William O. S. Hennigan, a member of the Boston Common Council in 1900.[3]


  1. ^ "Suffolk County Superior Court". Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Rivas, Maggie (November 5, 1981). "Hennigan: Too Much Patronage". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 22 October 2011 – via
  3. ^ a b c d e Zagastizábal, Andy (January 19, 2007). "Hennigan 1st female clerk". Jamaica Plain Gazette. Retrieved 22 October 2011.
  4. ^ Massachusetts Election Statistics 1986.
  5. ^ "City of Boston Municipal Election - November 8, 2005: Mayor" (PDF). City of Boston. Retrieved 5 June 2011.

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