Dukakis, Michael

Dukakis, Michael (Stanley)

(1933–  ) governor; born in Brookline, Mass. An army veteran (1956–58) and lawyer, he served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives (Dem., 1963–71). As governor (1975–79, 1983–91), he initially reduced the budget deficit and attracted business to Massachusetts, but the recession of the late 1980s left the state in a financial crisis. Resoundingly defeated by George Bush in the 1988 presidential campaign, he retired from politics in 1991 to practice law and lecture on government at various universities.
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