Our hats are off to ambition rewarded, and to a local leader headed to higher office.
We speak of the news that Select Board Vice Chairman Daniel Koh is headed to Washington, D.C., to connect up with his old boss, former Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, who is now the U.S. secretary of labor. Koh will be working for Walsh as chief of staff.
Politico reported that Koh started his new job on Tuesday. Koh confirmed as much during the Select Board's meeting earlier this week.
Koh, 36, who grew up in Andover and went to Phillips Academy, was Walsh’s chief of staff from 2013 to 2017 — a job he left to move back to the Merrimack Valley and run for Congress. He was among a crowded field of Democrats running to replace the retiring Rep. Niki Tsongas in 2018, finishing second in the primary to Lori Trahan by 145 votes.
Koh won a seat on the Select Board a few months later. He declined to challenge Trahan this past year, telling a reporter the bigger goal for Democrats in 2020 was winning back the White House.
Still, he didn’t rule out a future run for office, telling reporter Genevieve DiNatale, “I absolutely hope to. I think a lot of people who run for office are shy about that. I am not. I believe deeply in public service and the ability of people to make a difference in government.”
Koh is not only successful in government. He’s also worked as a chief operating officer of a Boston software company, HqO.
As anyone who’s been watching Koh’s meteoric career knows, the Select Board wasn’t to be his final stop. And, most certainly, the Labor Department won’t be, either.
We'll all have to stay tuned to see what he accomplishes.
Good luck to Koh as he writes his next chapter on Constitution Avenue.