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Michael S. Dukakis
65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1983 – January 3, 1991
LieutenantJohn Kerry
Evelyn Murphy
Preceded byEdward King
Succeeded byWilliam Weld
In office
January 2, 1975 – January 4, 1979
LieutenantThomas O'Neill
Preceded byFrancis Sargent
Succeeded byEdward King
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 13th Norfolk district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1971
Preceded byConstituency established
Succeeded byJon Rotenberg
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 10th Norfolk district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded bySumner Kaplan
Succeeded byJames Wheeler
Personal details
Born (1933-11-03) November 3, 1933 (age 87)
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Katharine Dickson
Alma materSwarthmore College
Harvard University
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Army
Years of service1955–1957

Michael Stanley Dukakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ Δούκάκῆς, born November 3, 1933) served as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts, from 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991. He is the longest-serving Governor in Massachusetts and only the second Greek-American governor in United States history, after Spiro Agnew.

In 1988, he was the Democratic nominee for President, but lost to Republican then–Vice President, George H. W. Bush.

After the 1988 Election

Dukakis was mentioned as candidate for Massachusetts Senator for a possible interim successor to Ted Kennedy, after Kennedy's death[1][2] but Governor Deval Patrick chose Paul G. Kirk, the other candidate and a favorite of the Kennedy Family.[3]

In 2008, he talked about his defeat in an interview with Katie Couric, in which he said he "owe[d] the American people an apology" because "if I had beaten the old man, we never would have heard of the kid, and we wouldn't be in this mess."[4]


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