November 17, 2011
Having served four terms in the Massachusetts legislature beginning in 1962, Michael Dukakis’ first term as governor of Massachusetts was from 1975 to 1979. He was reelected to an unprecedented third four-year term in 1986. In 1988, Dukakis won the Democratic nomination for the presidency of the United States. Since 1991, Dukakis has been a Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University and Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at UCLA. His research has focused on national health care policy reform and the lessons that national policy makers can learn from state reform efforts. Recently, he co-authored the book How to Get Into Politics–and Why. Dukakis also served as Vice-Chairman on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, The National Railroad Passenger Corporation.