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Jake Auchincloss

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Jake Auchincloss
Jake Auchincloss, 117th Congress portrait.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2021
Preceded byJoe Kennedy III
Personal details
Jacob Daniel Auchincloss

(1988-01-29) January 29, 1988 (age 32)
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (before 2013, 2015–present)
Other political
Republican (2013–2014)
Independent (2014–2015)
Michelle Auchincloss
(m. 2017)
ParentsHugh Auchincloss (father)
Laurie Glimcher (mother)
RelativesMelvin J. Glimcher (grandfather)
Harvey Bundy (great-grandfather)
McGeorge Bundy (great-uncle)
EducationHarvard University (BA)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MBA)
WebsiteHouse website
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Marine Corps
Years of service2010–2015 (Marine Corps)
(2015-present) Individual Ready Reserve
US Marine O4 shoulderboard.svg
Battles/warsWar in Afghanistan

Jacob Daniel Auchincloss (/ˈɔːkɪnklɒs/ AWK-in-kloss; born January 29, 1988)[1] is an American politician, businessman, and Marine veteran who is the Representative for Massachusetts's 4th congressional district. He assumed office on January 3, 2021.

Early life and education

Jake Auchincloss was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Laurie Glimcher, the CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Hugh Auchincloss, the principal deputy director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.[2] His grandfather is the first cousin once-removed of stockbroker Hugh D. Auchincloss.[3] Auchincloss' step-father, Gregory Petsko, is a biochemist and biotech entrepreneur who has become a global expert on Alzheimer's Disease.[4] Auchincloss is Jewish, having been raised in his mother's faith.[5][6]

Auchincloss's paternal great-grandfather, Harvey Bundy, was one of the architects of the Marshall Plan; his paternal great-uncle, McGeorge Bundy, served as John F. Kennedy's National Security Advisor[citation needed]. His maternal grandfather, Melvin J. Glimcher, pioneered the development of artificial limbs and was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences.[7][8][9]

Auchincloss was raised in Newton with his two siblings and attended Newton North High School.[10] Auchincloss studied government and economics at Harvard College, graduating with honors, and earned an MBA in finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[11][12]


Military service

Following his graduation from Harvard University, Auchincloss joined the United States Marine Corps, earning his commission through Officer Candidates School in Quantico, Virginia. A captain at the time,[13] he commanded infantry in the Helmand Province in 2012, and a reconnaissance unit in Panama in 2014. In Helmand, he led combat patrols through villages contested by the Taliban. In Panama, his team of elite reconnaissance Marines partnered with Colombian special operations to train the Panamanian Public Forces in drug interdiction tactics.[13]

Auchincloss completed both infantry training in Quantico and the Marine Corps' reconnaissance training in California, profiled in Nate Fick's One Bullet Away. He graduated from the Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) school in Maine and was an honor graduate from the Basic Airborne Course in Georgia. He continued to serve in the Individual Ready Reserve after leaving active duty and was promoted to major on September 1, 2020.[14]

Local government

After returning home from the military, Auchincloss ran for Newton City Council on a platform of full-day kindergarten and expanded pre-K offerings.[15] He was elected in 2015, defeating the incumbent councilor.[16] He was re-elected to the Newton City Council in 2017 and again in 2019.[17][18] He chaired the Transportation and Public Safety Committee.[19]

In office, he supported progressive immigration and housing policies, sustainable transportation and co-docketed the successful welcoming city ordinance[20][21]

When the Newton City Council debated a pay raise for elected officials, Auchincloss voted ‘No' because Newton teachers were, at the time, teaching without a contract.[22]

Auchincloss was the first elected official to endorse Ruthanne Fuller for mayor.[23]


While serving on the Newton City Council and attending MIT, Auchincloss was the director of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition.[24] He also worked at a cybersecurity startup as a product manager and at Liberty Mutual as a senior manager at its innovation arm, Solaria Labs.[21]

U.S. House of Representatives


On October 2, 2019, Auchincloss announced his candidacy for the open Massachusetts's 4th congressional district to succeed Joe Kennedy III, who unsuccessfully ran for the Senate against incumbent Democrat Ed Markey.[25]

Auchincloss raised the most money during the primary election in both the fourth quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 and earned endorsements from the National Association of Government Employees, VoteVets, The Boston Globe and James E. Timilty.[26][27][28][29] He has earned the support of several Newton politicians, including the president and vice president of the city council and the chair and vice chair of the school committee.[30] He has earned endorsements throughout the district, including State Representative Paul Schmid from Fall River.[31]

During the campaign, questions arose about his party affiliation. Auchincloss was originally a Democrat, but was a registered Republican from 2013 to 2014 while working for Charlie Baker's gubernatorial campaign. He continued to vote in Republican primaries as an independent until late 2015, before becoming a Democrat again.[32]

The Democratic primary occurred on September 1, 2020.[33] In a race with 8 other candidates on the ballot, Auchincloss went on to win with 22.4% of the vote. The Associated Press called the race for Auchincloss three days after the election because nearly one million votes were cast through mail-in ballots because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[34]

In the November general election, Auchincloss defeated Republican nominee Julie Hall. He assumed office on January 3, 2021.[35]


On January 6, 2021, after the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol, Auchincloss tweeted that he agreed with lawmakers' calls to remove President Trump' from office, either through the Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution or impeachment. Auchincloss voted to certify the results of the 2020 United States presidential election in the early morning of January 7, 2021. On January 21, 2021, Auchincloss voted to approve the congressional waiver for General Lloyd Austin, President Joe Biden's nominee for Secretary of Defense.

Electoral history

Massachusetts's 4th congressional district Democratic primary, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jake Auchincloss 34,971 22.4
Democratic Jesse Mermell 32,938 21.1
Democratic Becky Grossman 28,311 18.1
Democratic Natalia Linos 18,158 11.6
Democratic Ihssane Leckey 17,346 11.1
Democratic Alan Khazei 14,305 9.2
Democratic Chris Zannetos (withdrawn) 5,091 3.3
Democratic David Cavell (withdrawn) 2,472 1.6
Democratic Ben Sigel 2,437 1.6
Total votes 156,029 100.0
Massachusetts's 4th congressional district general election, 2020
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jake Auchincloss 244,275 60.9
Republican Julie Hall 157,029 39.1
Total votes 401,304 100.0

Personal life

On July 28, 2017, Auchincloss married his wife Michelle. The two welcomed a son, Teddy, in April of 2020. They live in Newtonville, Massachusetts.[36][37]


  1. ^ Cohen, Julie M. (September 26, 2019). "Meet the candidates for Newton City Council". Wicked Local. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  2. ^ Stout, Matt (July 30, 2020). "Super PAC funded by Auchincloss's parents officially rides into 4th District, spends $180K on ads backing him". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  3. ^ "Auchincloss wins primary in Massachusetts' 4th District". Roll Call. Retrieved January 18, 2021.
  4. ^ Reibman, Greg (July 27, 2020). "Auchincloss parents gave $40K to super PAC that's likely to support him UPDATED". Village 14. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  5. ^ Kole, William J. (September 4, 2020). "Jewish ex-Marine wins Democratic primary for Massachusetts House seat". The Times of Israel. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  6. ^ "Meet Jake, Michelle & Teddy". Jake Auchincloss For Congress. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "Hugh Auchincloss Jr. Weds Laurie Glimcher". The New York Times. August 27, 1973. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  8. ^ Kifner, John (September 17, 1996). "McGeorge Bundy Dies at 77; Top Adviser in Vietnam Era". The New York Times. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  9. ^ Bailey, Melissa (March 1, 2016). "Recruited to lead Harvard Med, 'fearless' scientist chose Dana-Farber". STAT News. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  10. ^ Fisher, Jenna (August 13, 2020). "Jake Auchincloss: Candidate Profile 4th Congressional District". Patch Media. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  11. ^ "Jake Auchincloss". Data-Smart City Solutions. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  12. ^ "Jake Auchincloss". Living Cities. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Auchincloss, Jake (January 8, 2020). "I Fought In Afghanistan. The Last Thing We Need Is Another 'Forever War'". WBUR. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  14. ^ "Jake Auchincloss, Marine veteran, thinks Pentagon budget should be cut 10% |". Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  15. ^ Auchincloss, Jacob (January 1, 2015). "Pre-K for every Newton child". Newton TAB. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  16. ^ "Municipal election official results". City of Newton, MA. November 3, 2015. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  17. ^ "Local election official results". City of Newton, MA. November 7, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Fisher, Jenna (November 5, 2019). "Newton Election Results 2019: City Council, School Committee". Patch Media. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
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  20. ^ "Welcoming City Ordinance". City of Newton, MA.
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  22. ^ Fisher, Jenna (September 17, 2019). "Newton City Council Votes To Give Themselves Raises". Patch Media. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  23. ^ "Endorsements for Ruthanne - Ruthanne Fuller for Mayor". Ruthanne Fuller.
  24. ^ Matheson, Rob (June 4, 2015). "HST MEMP Student on Winning Team in MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition". Institute for Medical Engineering & Science. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  25. ^ Fisher, Jenna (October 3, 2019). "Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss Announces Run For Congress". Patch Media. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  26. ^ Nesi, Ted (April 10, 2020). "Auchincloss leads the pack in 4th District fundraising". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  27. ^ Stout, Matt (January 8, 2020). "Auchincloss, Khazei top fund-raising in race to succeed Joe Kennedy". The Boston Globe. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  28. ^ Nesi, Ted (February 26, 2020). "Auchincloss lands first union endorsement in 4th District race". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  29. ^ Nesi, Ted (April 9, 2020). "Would-be Kennedy successors could miss ballot as COVID-19 hampers signature push". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
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  31. ^ Nesi, Ted (May 5, 2020). "4th District race heats up as Grossman, Auchincloss tout new Fall River support". Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  32. ^ Stout, Matt (June 10, 2020). "Democrat Jake Auchincloss, seeking Fourth District seat, was a registered Republican in 2014". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  33. ^ "Massachusetts Primary Election Results: Fourth Congressional District". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  34. ^ "AP: Jake Auchincloss wins Democratic primary in 4th District". WCVB-TV. September 4, 2020. Retrieved September 4, 2020.
  35. ^ "Jake Auchincloss Declares Victory In Race For House Seat Vacated By Joe Kennedy". November 3, 2020. Retrieved November 4, 2020.
  36. ^ @JakeAuch (July 28, 2020). "Happy anniversary, Michelle" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  37. ^ "It's A Boy: Newton City Councilor Auchincloss, Wife Welcome Baby". Newton, MA Patch. April 9, 2020. Retrieved November 29, 2020.

External links

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Kennedy III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 4th congressional district

U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)
Preceded by
Chris Jacobs
United States Representatives by seniority
Succeeded by
Cliff Bentz
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