Spreading the Political Bug

Linda Malconian, the first female majority leader in the Massachusetts’s history, officially quit politics in 2005 after 22 years of service. In the decade since, Malconian has been grooming a new generation of leaders and lawmakers as assistant professor in the business law and ethics department and lecturer in the Institute for Public Service.

“I got the bug to run for political office when I was working for Tip O’Neill,” Malconian says, recalling her tenure as an assistant to the former U.S. Congressman and Speaker of the House. Every class with Malconian is a different experience, says Shauna Denise Bramble, MPA ’17, “but each [is] filled with that same unwavering exuberance she brings when she walks through the door.”