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Bill Delahunt

Chariman, The Delahunt Group

chairman, the delahunt group

bill_delahunt_2Bill Delahunt is the Chairman of the Delahunt Group, a premier public policy and government affairs consulting firm

Delahunt came to Congress in 1997 with a distinguished career in public service and law enforcement. For fourteen 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 recently served as the Chairman of its Subcommittee on Europe.

Prior to his service in Congress, Delahunt was a District Attorney in the metropolitan Boston area for twenty two 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.

Delahunt's ability to work with both political parties helped play a pivotal role in the passage of several legislative proposals he authored, including the Justice for All Act and the Travel Promotion Act and legislation streamlining international adoptions. Delahunt also introduced the first House proposal to establish the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, which was eventually incorporated into the final Financial Reform law enacted in 2010.

Closer to home, Delahunt was instrumental in working towards the redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station, expanding marine transportation services, and promoting economic development in areas such as renewable energy, "bio-fuels" and ocean technology. He was a strong booster of heritage tourism, wetlands restoration, and a fierce defender of the region's ocean sanctuaries and National Parks.

On Cape Cod, he led efforts to clean up the Massachusetts Military Reservation and the establishment of the 15,000 acre Upper Cape Water Supply Reserve to protect Cape Cod's water supplies. He also worked to save the base during the last round of BRAC and developed a plan to make it a regional center for homeland security. Delahunt also secured funds to expand the region's public transportation system and bike trails, and helped expand local health care clinics, including establishment of the first primary care center on the Cape and Islands for veterans. He actively sought ways to promote "consensus" between environmental and business interests. One example is his role in creating an innovative whale-safe gear program for local fisherman that was actively supported by environmental groups.

A lifelong resident of Quincy, Delahunt is a 1963 graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, Mr. Delahunt later went on to earn a law degree from Boston College in 1967 and served from 1963 to 1971 in the Coast Guard Reserve.

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