Michael Dukakis (born in 1933) was an American Democrat politician, governor of Massachusetts 1974-1978 and from 1982, presiding over a high-tech economic boom, the "Massachusetts miracle". He was a presidential candidate in 1988.
Dukakis was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Greek immigrants. After studying law at Harvard and serving in Korea (1955-1957), he concentrated on a political career in his home state.
Elected as a Democrat to the Massachusetts legislature in 1962, he became state governor in 1974. After an unsuccessful first term, marred by his unwillingness to compromise, he was defeated in 1978.
Dukakis returned as governor in 1982, committed to working in a more consensual manner. He was re-elected in 1986 and captured the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in 1988. After a poor campaign, the diligent but uncharismatic Dukakis was defeated by the incumbent vice president George Bush.
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Michael Dukakis was the 65th and 67th Governor of Massachusetts from 1975–1979 and from 1983–1991.