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Joseph Anthony Curtatone (born June 28, 1966 in Somerville) is the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts. Curtatone has served in this capacity since taking office in 2004.[1]

Joe Curtatone
Joe Curtatone at Assembly station opening, September 2014.JPG
Curtatone speaking at the opening of Assembly station in September 2014
Mayor of Somerville
Assumed office
January 5, 2004
Preceded byDorothy Kelly Gay
Personal details
Born (1966-06-28) June 28, 1966 (age 53)
Somerville, Massachusetts,
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Nancy Curtatone
Alma materBoston College
New England School of Law
Harvard University

Early lifeEdit

Curtatone, born and raised in Somerville, graduated from Somerville High School in 1984. He later earned his B.A. from Boston College in 1990, his J.D. from the New England School of Law in 1994, and his MC/MPA from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2011.[2]

Political careerEdit

After serving as an Alderman for the city of Somerville for eight years, Curtatone was elected mayor in 2003. At 38, he was the second youngest mayor in Somerville history. He is serving his eighth term as mayor.[1][3] In 2006, Somerville was recognized by The Boston Globe Magazine as the Best Run City in the Commonwealth.[4]

Sanctuary cityEdit

In January 2017, Curtatone reaffirmed Somerville's sanctuary city policy saying "will not waver" in the support for documented and undocumented immigrants. The city will not cooperate with President Donald Trump's executive order reducing grant funding to sanctuary cities and changing deportation standards.[5]

Civil caseEdit

In 2015, Curtatone was sued in a civil case, alleging that he violated the civil rights of a Somerville High School soccer player accused of rape.[6] The case was dismissed in October 2017.[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Office of Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone". City of Somerville.
  2. ^ Gavel, Doug (May 9, 2011). "From Somerville to Harvard: Mayor Joseph Curtatone Scales the Wall". Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Archived from the original on July 4, 2017.
  3. ^ "2018 Inaugural Ceremony". City of Somerville.
  4. ^ Keane Jr., Thomas M. (May 14, 2006). "The Model City". The Boston Globe Magazine.
  5. ^ DeCosta-Klipa, Nik (2017-01-25). "Mayor Joseph Curtatone says Somerville 'will not waver' despite President Trump's sanctuary city order". Retrieved 2017-02-16.
  6. ^ Cramer, Maria (October 21, 2015). "Ex-Somerville High student sues to clear name in 2013 case". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 16, 2016.
  7. ^ Hohler, Bob (October 27, 2017). "Judge rejects former Somerville High soccer player's civil rights claim in abuse case". The Boston Globe.

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