Juliette Kayyem

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Juliette Kayyem
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Governor of Massachusetts
Former Candidate
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Harvard University
Place of birthLos Angeles, CA
ProfessionFormer Boston Globe columnist
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Juliette Kayyem was a Democratic candidate for Governor in the 2014 elections. Kayyem is a former national security and foreign policy columnist for the Boston Globe. Previously she was the Department of Homeland Security’s assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs for the Obama administration. Kayyem has also been the Undersecretary for Homeland Security for Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.[1] She is also a lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.[2]


  • Bachelor's: Harvard University
  • JD: Harvard University[1]



See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Kayyem ran for election to the office of Governor. Kayyem sought the Democratic nomination at the convention, but did not achieve the necessary 15% backing to secure a place on the primary ballot.[3] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Kayyem released a statement when she announced her entrance to the race: “My motivation is what motivates every person in Massachusetts: to protect and strengthen our families and communities. Ultimately, this is our common calling. Whether the challenge comes from economic hardship, violence, illness, global climate change or the increasingly complex world our children will inherit, the measure of us as a people comes down to how well we prepare and protect each other.”[1]

Some of the themes Kayyem's campaign focused on:

  • Integration of technology in education
  • Massachusetts Infrastructure
  • Clean Energy
  • Preparation of the state for the effects of climate change.[4]


Kayyem is married to David Barron, a Harvard Law School professor, and is mother of three. She currently lives in Cambridge.[1][2]

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