Dan Conley is a husband and father of two teens. Dan grew up in Hyde Park and is the oldest of seven children. His father was a technician who worked nights for “the phone company”, as Verizon was once called, and his mother was a homemaker. Dan’s grandparents immigrated from Ireland and Italy. Dan was the first member of his family to go to college. After earning his bachelor’s degree in economics at Stonehill College, Dan went on to study law at Suffolk University. Dan’s wife, Tricia, was raised in Mission Hill and has been a Registered Nurse at New England Baptist Hospital for over twenty years.
Boston City Councilor
Dan lived in South Boston for a period before returning to Hyde Park, winning a seat on the Boston City Council in 1993, and marrying his wife, Tricia. Dan succeeded the outgoing City Councilor, former Mayor Tom Menino. Among Dan's many accomplishments:
Cast the Deciding Vote on Domestic Partnership Benefits Among the first major issues he faced in 1994 was whether to extend health and other benefits to city workers in same sex relationships. Dan cast the deciding vote in favor.
Took an Early Stand to Establish Full-Day KindergartenDan has always been an effective advocate for better schools and educating our kids. He took an early stand to establish full-day kindergarten for all of Boston's kids.
Established Boston's first curbside recycling programDan was a “recycling captain” in his neighborhood long before the city had established a recycling program. On the City Council, Dan successfully fought to establish a curbside recycling program.
Suffolk County District Attorney
Dan is the only candidate running for mayor with real executive experience. As District Attorney, Dan is responsible for 300 employees, a $17 million budget and the prosecution of more than 50,000 criminal cases each year. Dan has earned a reputation as one of the most progressive and innovative prosecutors in the country. Among Dan’s many accomplishments:
Getting Guns Off the StreetsDan created the effective and efficient Gun Court, which increased conviction rates and cut the time to dispose of gun cases by more than half. In addition, Dan has introduced groundbreaking legislation to further reduce gun violence.
Helping Women and FamiliesDan worked with Mayor Menino to establish the Family Justice Center – a centralized facility that coordinates law enforcement and social service provider responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse.
Giving Girls HopeDan partnered with a broad array of service providers to create Support to End Exploitation Now (SEEN), a program that is recognized nation-wide. Dan was the first District Attorney to declare that he would not prosecute children and teenagers who engaged in sex for fee, but would treat them as victims of sexual exploitation and surround them with services to help them lead safe, independent lives. SEEN was twice named One of the 50 Most Innovative Programs in Government by the Ash Institute.
Dan Conley currently serves as the District Attorney for Suffolk County, where he has earned a reputation for running one of the most innovative and progressive DA’s offices in the country. Dan is known for his efforts to reduce gun violence and promote early intervention and prevention.
Dan served on the Boston City Council for eight years. His proudest moment was casting the deciding vote in support of extending employment benefits to same-sex couples. Dan was also a strong advocate for creating jobs and improving public education.