Meet Dan Hunt
A proud son of Dorchester, Dan Hunt has spent his career working on behalf of the people of Massachusetts, with a focus on the neighborhood where he grew up and still lives today. He’s been to every corner of the Commonwealth advocating for parks, implementing economic development initiatives, and strategizing with local groups and civic leaders.
As a veteran of public service, Dan has a thorough knowledge of how to deliver state government services. As a project analyst at the Massachusetts School Building Authority, he helped responsibly channel public monies to the construction of new public schools including Orchard Gardens, Mildred Avenue, Bruswick Garden and the Jeremiah Burke. While working on the Legislature’s Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, he partnered with private businesses, state agencies, and organized labor to play a part in guiding Massachusetts through the Great Recession.
Most recently, in almost three years at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, Dan has played a lead role in drafting, supporting and implementing several major pieces of legislation, including an improved mechanism for retained revenue. He has also shepherded dozens of local infrastructure projects through state and municipal review.
Dan also worked as a summer laborer on the Big Dig, wielding a chipping gun and paying union dues on a job that gave him firsthand knowledge of the importance of organized labor. After watching many of his childhood friends struggle through long periods of unemployment in the trades, Dan has a street-level view of the importance of the intersection of government, labor, and private industry.
Locally, Dan has been active in St. Ann’s Parish, mentoring local teens, and serving on the Board of Directors for Harbor Health. He owns a two-family home in Dorchester, and has worked as chairman of the Ward 16 Democratic Committee. Dan attended St. Ann’s and Latin Academy, where he was student body president. He holds degrees from Boston College Carroll School of Management and Suffolk Law School.
Dan is looking to continue the proud tradition of exemplary public servants lucky enough to claim Dorchester roots, while at the same time represent the neighborhood’s constantly evolving families, neighborhoods and needs.
Dan grew up in a family of public service, a family that has spent three generations in Dorchester. His paternal grandfather was a postmaster in Dorchester, active in the Knights of Columbus and painted department storefront glass in Boston and New York for extra money. Dan’s maternal grandfather owned the largest auto repair garage in Boston and could tell most problems simply by listening to the running engine.
His mother, a community fixture, has worked as a nurse and nurse practitioner at both Carney Hospital and Mass. General. His father has worked in health care for over 40 years, primarily focusing on access to care for under-served populations, partnering with community health centers like those at Savin Hill’s Dorchester House, Geiger-Gibson, Neponset, and at the Manet Community Health Center in Quincy.
In a lifetime of activism and service to our communities, Dan Hunt has learned the importance and rewards of giving back. And, from St. Ann’s to the State House, this commitment continues to guide him as he seeks to represent the families he’s lived among his whole life as State Representative.