Marian Walsh

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Marian Walsh
Massachusetts State Senate Suffolk and Norfolk
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney / Senator
Marian Walsh was a Democratic member of the Massachusetts State Senate. She represented the Suffolk and Norfolk district from 1993 to 2011.

Walsh was the majority whip since 2009 and was assistant majority leader from 2003-2008. She was a representative with the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1989-1992.

Walsh has professional experience as an attorney.

Walsh earned her Bachelor's degree at Newton College of the Sacred Heart in 1976, her MTS from Harvard Divinity School in 1982, and her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University School of Law in 1986.[1]

In early 2009, Walsh sought an appointment from Gov. Deval Patrick to a position as assistant executive director of the Massachusetts Health and Educational Facilities Authority at an annual salary of $175,000. The controversial appointment led to a reporter filing a request for email from the governor's office to determine whether the governor's office had offered the appointment to Walsh "as payback for being an early political supporter." The email correspondence indicated that this was the case, and Walsh's name was withdrawn from contention.[2]


Marian Walsh is currently involved with a number of organizations, including the Alumni Associations, the Eire Society of Boston, Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Roscommon County Association, West Roxbury Historical Society,and the West Roxbury-Roslindale Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA).

Caucuses/Non-Legislative Committees

Marian Walsh serves on the Senate Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

Committee assignments

Marian Walsh currently serves on three legislative committees; the Community Development and Small Business Committee[3], the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Committee, and the Tourism, Arts and Cultural Development Committee.



Senator Walsh did not run for re-election in the Massachusetts State Senate elections of 2010. [4]


On November 4, 2008, Walsh won re-election for the Senate election for the Suffolk and Norfolk district.[5] In this election she raised $127,507-; of that total $122,840 (97.8%) was from in state contributions and $2,650 (2.1%) was from out of state contributions.[6]

Massachusetts State Senate - Suffolk and Norfolk district
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marion Walsh (D) 53,247
All Others 1,012
Blanks 22,440

Campaign donors


In 2008 Marian Walsh collected $127,507 in donations.[7]

Her six largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Boston Carmens Union Local 589 $1,000
Leonard Henson $1,000
Massachusetts Credit Union League $1,000
Massachusetts Federation of Teachers $1,000
Retired Public Employees $1,000
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 537 $1,000


Marian Walsh was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and is known to be single.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Massachusetts State Senate Suffolk and Norfolk
Succeeded by
Michael Rush