Former vice president Joe Biden will preside at the inauguration for Martin J. Walsh’s second term as Boston’s mayor on New Year’s Day, the mayor’s office announced Wednesday.
The incoming Boston City Council will also be sworn in at the Jan. 1 ceremony at the Cutler Majestic Theatre.
“Mayor Walsh is a close friend and an incredible public servant,” Biden said in a statement released by the mayor’s office. “I’m honored to be able to preside over his Inauguration next month so that he can continue his tireless work on behalf of the people of Boston.”
“I greatly admire Vice President Biden’s dedication to our country and its people. I’m so humbled that he will preside over my inauguration ceremony, and be a part of this special day,” Walsh said in the statement.
Walsh overwhelmingly defeated City Councilor Tito Jackson in a general election last month to win a second term.
Walsh and Biden are hardly strangers, and Walsh has spoken of his admiration for the former vice president.
When Biden was considering a late entry into the 2016 Democratic presidential primary in the fall of 2015, Walsh was reportedly torn, conflicted about whether to endorse Biden if he ran, or front-runner Hillary Clinton. Walsh ultimately endorsed Clinton after Biden declined to run.
Last month, amid speculation of a potential Biden presidential run in 2020, Walsh told Boston Herald Radio that the former vice president would “make a wonderful president. I think he’d beat Donald Trump,” the State House News Service reported.
The former vice president and the mayor also dined together at a Seaport restaurant in May before Biden surprised attendees at an event held by the Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester by appearing alongside Walsh.
But their relationship is also known for a famous mishap. When Walsh was first elected as Boston’s mayor in 2013, Biden called to offer his congratulations but reached a different Marty Walsh — a Natick resident and former aide to Senator Edward M. Kennedy.
“You son of a gun, Marty!” Biden reportedly said. “You did it!”
The Walsh from Natick told the Globe he thanked Biden, but then offered to help him get in touch with the man just elected to serve as Boston’s mayor.Jacob Carozza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.