James E. Byrne

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James E. Byrne
Member of the Boston City Council for District 3
In office
Preceded bydistrict created
Succeeded byMaureen Feeney
Personal details
ResidenceDorchester, Boston
Alma mater
OccupationAttorney; Associate Justice

James E. Byrne (born ca.1954) is an Associate Justice of the district court in Chelsea, Massachusetts, and a former member of the Boston City Council, having held the District 3 seat from 1984 through 1993.


Byrne graduated from Boston Latin School in 1972, and went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1976, and a law degree from Suffolk University in 1980.[1] He was a founding partner of the law firm Byrne and Anderson LLP.[2]

Byrne was first elected to the City Council in November 1983, representing District 3 (Dorchester).[3] In 1990, Byrne initiated the proposal that abolished the Boston School Committee as elected positions.[4] After being re-elected to four two-year terms on the City Council, Byrne did not seek re-election for the 1994–95 term; his seat was won by his chief-of-staff, Maureen Feeney, in the November 1993 election.[5]

In December 2016, Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker nominated Byrne to the Chelsea District Court;[2] his nomination was confirmed in February 2017.[6]

See also[edit]

  • Boston City Council election, 1983
  • Boston City Council election, 1985
  • Boston City Council election, 1987
  • Boston City Council election, 1989
  • Boston City Council election, 1991


  1. "James E. Byrne, Founding Partner Attorney". lawyerdb.org. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Governor Baker Nominates James E. Byrne to the Chelsea District Court". mass.gov (Press release). December 14, 2016. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  3. "A LOOK AT THE BOSTON CITY COUNCIL; JAMES E. BYRNE". The Boston Globe. November 17, 1983. Retrieved February 24, 2018 – via pqarchiver.com.
  4. "Boston Votes to Abolish School Board". The New York Times. December 6, 1990. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  5. Dumcius, Gintautas (June 2, 2011). "Field is set for District 3 Council election". Dorchester Reporter. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. "Byrne, Lynch confirmed to District Court bench". masslawyersweekly.com. February 1, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2018.

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