Congratulations to my dad, Richard P. Howe Sr., who celebrates his 80th birthday today. Elected to the Lowell City Council in 1965 (photo above), he served twenty consecutive terms for a total of 40 years (January 1966 to January 2006). He did not seek re-election in 2005 so his final council campaign was in 2003 (photo below). Along the way, he served four terms as mayor of Lowell (1970, 1988, 1990 and 1994) and maintained an active law practice in Kearney Square which, after his retirement two years ago, continues to be operated by his daughter Martha.
Feel free to add your birthday wishes in the comment section. For bonus points, what other Lowell political figure shares a birthday today with my dad? (Marie S is ineligible).