Serving up a side of humor at the annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast
Senator Jack Hart has proudly served the people of South Boston and has served them well. As Senator Hart leaves the State House to pursue a career in law in the private sector we wish him well. Thank you for your years of dedication and service to the people of South Boston. We greatly appreciate it! Best of luck!
Jack Hart has been serving the people of the First Suffolk District in Massachusetts Senate for the past ten years – a job he refers to as an “incredible privilege”. A son of South Boston, Jack was born second oldest into a great Southie family – the legendary Hart clan composed of John Hart Sr, Ellie (Olson) Hart, Teresa, Maureen, Susan, and Ellen. He grew up on East Fifth Street near the corner of G now he has his own family and lives a stones throw away on G Street near the corner of East Fifth. Hey, if it ain’t broken don’t fix it, right?
On Sunday, March 18 at 10am sharp, Senator Hart will take center stage as host for the legendary Annual St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast for the 11th time. Along with telling jokes and singing songs, his role of MC loosely translates into wrangling dozens of local politicians into doing their best impressions of comedians. He effortlessly keeps the program moving all while making sure his 800 plus audience filling a large ballroom at the Convention Center is entertained not to mention the thousands more watching from home.
Although not technically part of his job description, the honor of hosting the breakfast is an unwritten responsibility of the senator from South Boston. This event began as more of a political roast and made legendary by former senator Billy Bulger. “By far one of the the wittiest politician is Bill Bulger. His breakfasts were legendary and set a standard for humor and pure entertainment that may never be equaled.” Don’t see yourself short Jack. You are pretty damn funny yourself.
Favorite joke to tell:
Here in South Boston we celebrate St, Patrick’s Day for three reasons. First, to celebrate the great history of the Irish. Second, to celebrate the important history of Evacuation Day. And lastly and most importantly, it forces us to take our Christmas decorations down. Otherwise we’d keep them up all year round. (Ba-dum-tish!)
Just the facts:
- Married to: Michelle (Goldman)
- Father to: Kathleen 15, Maggie 13, Emily 11, and Marykate 8
- Attended: Gate of Heaven, BC High, Worcester Academy, Tufts University, Harvard’s Kennedy School, and New England School of Law
- Athlete: played baseball, football, basketball, and hockey
- Favorite spot in Southie: Our beaches and Castle Island. They are an “oasis in the city” for all South Bostonians and all who come and enjoy. M Street beach is like Miami’s South Beach in the summertime and it is great to see people young and old back using our beaches again.
A few things you might not know about Senator Hart
- He plays the banjo. A talent and instrument that he inherited from his father (who was always the life of the party).
- He was choir boy. As a fifth grader, I briefly attended St. Paul’s Choir School in Cambridge. So, I can carry a tune (although some may not agree)
- He tended bar. He was the man behind the stick at L Street Tavern for about 10 years and for a short stint at the Bayside Club (now the Seapoint Restaurant).
- He was a paper boy. If you lived in the Thomas Park area of Southie in the 1970’s, chances are your paper was delivered by Jack.
Although Jack is a well respected man and has stature in South Boston, underneath it all he is a regular Southie guy, a hard worker, a family man and extremely humble. Refreshingly, he treats his career as a politician as an honor and privilege and doesn’t take his position for granted. He is extremely dedicated to the people of South Boston. “One of the best parts of living in South Boston is the people and the families who contribute so much to the fabric of our neighborhood and make our community such a wonderful place to live in.” In that respect, Jack Hart and his love of his town is deeply woven into the fiber of South Boston making the community much stronger.
If you wrote an autobiography what would the title be?
It would be entitled It’s A Wonderful Life. I am the luckiest man alive blessed with a beautiful wife and four children. My four sisters and I were the beneficiaries of the two greatest parents in the world. Lastly, I get to wake up everyday and do a job I love.
The St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast air live on NECN at 10am.
Photography by Deborah McCarthy