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Michael Dukakis
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65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 6, 1983 – January 3, 1991
Lieutenant John Kerry
Evelyn Murphy
Preceded by Edward King
Succeeded by William Weld
In office
January 2, 1975 – January 4, 1979
Lieutenant Thomas O'Neill
Preceded by Francis Sargent
Succeeded by Edward King
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 13th Norfolk district
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 3, 1971
Preceded by Constituency established
Succeeded by Jon Rotenberg
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 10th Norfolk district
In office
January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1965
Preceded by Sumner Kaplan
Succeeded by James Wheeler
Personal details
Born November 3, 1933 (1933-11-03) (age 85)
Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Katharine Dickson
Alma mater Swarthmore College
Harvard University
Signature
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service United States Army
Years of service 1955–1957

Michael Stanley Dukakis (Greek: Μιχαήλ Δούκάκῆς, born November 3, 1933) served as the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts, from 1975 to 1979 and 1983 to 1991. He is the longest-serving Governor in Massachusetts and only the second Greek-American governor in United States history, after Spiro Agnew.

In 1988, he was the Democratic nominee for President, but lost to Republican then–Vice President, George H. W. Bush.

After the 1988 Election

Dukakis was mentioned as candidate for Massachusetts Senator for a possible interim successor to Ted Kennedy, after Kennedy's death but Governor Deval Patrick chose Paul G. Kirk, the other candidate and a favorite of the Kennedy Family.

In 2008, he talked about his defeat in an interview with Katie Couric, in which he said he "owe[d] the American people an apology" because "if I had beaten the old man, we never would have heard of the kid, and we wouldn't be in this mess."

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