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Maura Healey

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Maura Healey
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Attorney General of Massachusetts
Incumbent
In office
January 21, 2015 - present
Term ends
2019
Years in position 0
PartyDemocratic
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Deputy State Attorney General
Education
High schoolWinnacunnet High School
Bachelor'sHarvard University
J.D.Northeastern University
Personal
Place of birthNewburyport, Massachusetts
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Maura Healey is the current Democratic Attorney General of Massachusetts. She was first elected to the office on November 4, 2014. Healey is a former deputy state attorney general under incumbent Martha Coakley, who forfeited her chances at a third term in 2014 by running for governor. In October 2013, Healey left her job at the attorney general's office in order to pursue her bid to succeed Coakley as the state's chief law enforcement officer.

The first individual to enter the race from any party, Healey announced her candidacy the week after tendering her resignation, stating, "I'm confident my experience, passion and vision for the office make me the best candidate to ensure the attorney general's office continues to make a positive difference in the lives of Massachusetts residents."[1]

In a Huffington Post article published November 17, 2014, Healey was identified as an emerging Democratic leader. Healey joined this list because of her strong performance during a 2014 election cycle that favored Republican candidates.[2]

Biography

Healey was born and raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She graduated from Winnacunnet High School and later attended Harvard University for her bachelor's degree. At Harvard, she played on the women's basketball team and served as its captain. Following her graduation in 1998, Healey went on to play professionally for two years in Austria.[3]

She came back to the United States to earn her J.D. at Northeastern University.

Prior to entering public service, Healey worked as a private practice attorney the firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr.[4] She was a prosecutor in the Middlesex district attorney’s office until being hired to work for the state attorney general.[5]

She was originally hired to the attorney general's office in 2007 as head of the civil rights division, and by the time she stepped down in October 2013, Healey had also led two of the office’s five overall bureaus: the Business and Labor Bureau and the Public Protection and Advocacy Bureau. In the latter capacity, she played a notable role in Massachusetts' effort to strike down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act.[4]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree - Harvard University (1992)
  • Juris Doctor - Northeastern University (1998)[4]

Political career

Massachusetts Attorney General (2015-present)

Healey was first elected to the attorney general's office on November 4, 2014. She was sworn into office on January 21, 2015, succeeding Steven Grossman (D).[6]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts attorney general election, 2014

Healey ran for election to the office of Attorney General. Healey won the Democratic nomination in the primary on September 9, 2014.[5] She faced Republican John B. Miller in the general election to replace outgoing incumbent Martha Coakley, who left the seat open in 2014 to run for governor. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Massachusetts Attorney General, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMaura Healey 62.1% 322,380
Warren Tolman 37.7% 195,654
Write-in votes 0.1% 721
Total Votes 518,755
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.
General election
Attorney General of Massachusetts, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMaura Healey 61.7% 1,280,513
     Republican John B. Miller 38.2% 793,821
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 2,103
Total Votes 2,076,437
Election Results via Massachusetts Secretary of State.

Endorsements

Healey earned the endorsement of The Boston Globe prior to the primary.[7]

Personal

Healey currently resides in Charlestown, Massachusetts, with her partner, Gabrielle Wolohojian.[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Martha Coakley (D)
Massachusetts Attorney General
2015-present
Succeeded by
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