Congressman Bill Delahunt became the Acting Director of the Institute of Politics in late May 2017. Delahunt previously served as Interim Director from October to December 2016. Delahunt is a longtime member of the Institute’s Senior Advisory Committee and brings his long history as an elected official and bipartisan champion to the Institute.
Delahunt is also the Chairman of the Delahunt Group, a premier public policy and government affairs consulting firm.
Delahunt served in the United States Congress from 1997 to 2011 after a distinguished career in public service and law enforcement. For 14 years, he represented the Tenth Congressional District of Massachusetts. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and served as the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Europe. Additionally, Delahunt served as co-chair of the bipartisan Coast Guard Caucus; Older Americans Caucus; and the Congressional Working Group on Cuba.
Prior to his service in Congress, Delahunt was a District Attorney in the metropolitan Boston area for 22 years. He is known for having developed the country's first prosecutorial unit on domestic violence and sexual assault cases. Delahunt pioneered programs to combat violence against women that have become national models.
A lifelong resident of Quincy, Massachusetts, Delahunt is a 1963 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Delahunt later went on to earn a law degree from Boston College in 1967 and served in the Coast Guard Reserve from 1963 to 1971.