The new congressman, 46, savored his victory with his wife, [Margaret Lynch], 40, and 2-year-old daughter, Victoria Bailey, in a subdued gathering at the IBEW Hall in Dorchester. Later, with political advisors, they gathered privately in the barn-red, black-shuttered row house the couple bought a year ago on a steep and narrow street in the Dorchester Heights neighborhood of South Boston.
"This is where we really live," says Margaret of the cozy, fireplaced kitchen, where Delft tiles and an ever-growing collection of blue and white china grace the mantle and the shelves of an Irish antique pine cupboard. Nearby is Lynch's collection of Irish walking sticks and another prized possession, a golf club once owned by Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neil.
Lynch and his wife were married in 1992 after a 10-year courtship. Although she attended school with Lynch's sisters, Margaret says she didn't meet her future husband until she was attending the Massachusetts College of Art.