Joe Boncore was born and raised in Winthrop, Massachusetts. As the grandson of immigrants who came to the United States in search of a better life, Joe was raised to place a high value on public service, democratic values and giving back to the community. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations including the position of national vice president of the Sons of Italy in America and National President of the Commission for Social Justice. He has been an active supporter of political reform for most of his life, particularly in the areas of affordable housing and criminal justice.
Joe graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law in 2007 and joined his family's law practice, which serves clients throughout Greater Boston. After several years in private practice, Joe turned his focus toward serving the public. He is currently a public defender with Suffolk Lawyers for Justice, serving as a voice for those who cannot afford an attorney. In his work, he has seen first hand the impact of the opioid epidemic, the tragic mishandling of cases of mental illness, and disparities in dealing with our immigrant population. Joe is committed to reforms that will ensure all are treated equally and justly under the law.
Joe has received the confidence of the past two Winthrop Town Council Presidents, who have named him to the Town Charter’s Ordinance Review Committee where Joe is an advocate for reforms and changes to the Town’s Charter and Ordinances. In 2009, Joe won a seat on the Winthrop Housing Authority Board and he was elected as Chair of the Board. Joe has led Winthrop's affordable housing programs, which has been ranked as one of the top performing in the Commonwealth during Joe's tenure. Affordable Housing and real estate development are some of the most important issues for the residents of this district. Encouraging private investment and economic development while being sensitive to issues concerning displacement is a challenge for many of the great communities in the First Suffolk and Middlesex District. Joe has the experience to lead in the State Senate on this issue.