Meet Dan

My name is Dan Cullinane, and I am honored to serve the hard-working people of Dorchester, Mattapan, Hyde Park, and Milton as their State Representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

To know me is to know my family. They are at the center of my life.

My beautiful wife Emily Torres-Cullinane and I are a team. I could not be where I am today, or do what I do without her. We share the same values and the same passion for public service and for bettering our community.

Family Photo2017 has been a very special year for Emily and I as we welcomed our first child, William, into the world. At just six months old, he has already brought us more joy than we could have ever imagined and has changed our lives in so many special ways.

My parents, Bob and Elaine Cullinane of Dorchester — a union leader and a Boston public school secretary — are my foundation. They gave me a life of opportunities far too few children are given. At four-months-old, they adopted me. I know how easily I could have been one of the thousands of children navigating foster care, dependent on social services, without a family or home to call my own. Yet, through their love, courage, and sacrifice, I went from being an orphan with an uncertain future to be a son with a loving home and every opportunity for a better life. I was given a chance.

Growing up, I was taught to work hard and give back. After school, and on school breaks, I worked numerous jobs. I did everything from selling Christmas trees at Cedar Grove Gardens, to stock shelves and assemble morning newspapers at Gerard's, to caddie at Franklin Park Golf Course. In high school, I joined my local community association, the Cedar Grove Civic Association, to get involved and give back. Over the years, I worked my way up from youth member to serve as the Association's Vice-President.

In the fall of 2003, I walked onto the campus of Providence College as the first person in my family to attend college. Providence accepted me off the waiting list. Four years later, I delivered the commencement address graduating as class president.

While attending college in Rhode Island, I remained committed to serving in my community at home. Each summer and winter break, I worked full-time in the office of Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney. Senior year, I began as an intern, then, by the second semester, was hired full-time in the office of State Representative, now Mayor of Boston, Martin J. Walsh.

These public service experiences taught me not just how to be an effective leader in government but how local government can make a profound impact for good when elected representatives show up, listen, care, respond, and follow through.



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