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Michael Joseph Harrington (born September 2, 1936 in Salem, Massachusetts) is a former U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Harrington graduated from St. John’s Preparatory School, in Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1954, then earned a B.A. at Harvard University in 1958 and a J.D. at Harvard Law School in 1961.

After serving on the Salem City Council from 1960 to 1963, Harrington was elected to the Massachusetts State Legislature in 1964, serving until 1969. That year he won a special election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of U.S. Representative William H. Bates, and was subsequently re-elected to four terms as a Congressman, serving from (September 30, 1969 to January 3, 1979).

He is currently a resident of Beverly, Massachusetts.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William H. Bates
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 6th congressional district

September 30, 1969 – January 3, 1979
Succeeded by
Nicholas Mavroules

On July 8 1975 Rep. Harrington called on House Speaker Carl Albert to convene the Democratic party committee to examine a secrecy system which he said has covered up "grotesque violations of the law" abroad by the CIA. At a news conference the Massachusetts Democratic also released three other letters countering efforts in the House to censure him for his role in surfacing the disclosure in 1974 that the CIA spent 11 million dollars (1974 dollars not inflation adjusted) to influence the Chilean political situation. -(UPI- Washington, July 8, 1975).



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