|Name||Kerry Murphy Healey|
Beverly, Massachusetts , United States
|| April 30, 1960
Aug 17, 2015 03:27am
Caucasian - Married - Episcopalian - Straight -
|Info||As Lieutenant Governor, Kerry Healey assumed a broad range of responsibilities in the Romney-Healey administration. She has drawn on her background in criminal justice to promote tougher public safety laws. Healey has been a leader in efforts to increase penalties for sex offenders and drunk drivers. A vocal advocate for victims, Healey has also championed legislation to mandate post-release supervision for convicted criminals as well as legislation to track violent criminals (including domestic abusers) using GPS technology. |
Kerry Healey grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida, with her parents, Edward and Shirley Murphy. A World War II veteran, her father served 27 years in the US Army and the Army Reserves. Her mother taught in the Florida public school district for over 20 years. Kerry went to work at the age of 15 after her father suffered a disabling heart attack. She worked three jobs while she was in high school and went on to help put herself through Harvard, graduating in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in government.
She was awarded a Rotary International Scholarship in 1983 and earned a Ph.D. in political science and law from Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. In 1985, Healey was chosen to be a visiting researcher in the International and Comparative Legal Studies Program at Harvard Law School. She continues to pursue her interest in international affairs as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
For more than a decade, Healey enjoyed a distinguished career as a law and public safety consultant at Abt Associates, Inc., in Cambridge, MA. While at Abt, she conducted extensive research for the U.S. Department of Justice related to child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, gang violence, victim and witness intimidation and the prosecution of drug crimes.
A Beverly resident, Healey has been an active member of her community. She is a past member of the Foundation Board of North Shore Community College and the Friend's Board of Beverly Hospital. Healey successfully co-chaired the campaign to rebuild her city's branch library, raising over $1 million in private funds and grants. In 2001, she co-chaired Beverly's United Way Campaign to support community development efforts.
Healey also served as a member of the adjunct faculty at Endicott College and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell teaching criminal justice and social policy.
Healey, 45, and her husband, Sean, have been married for 20 years. They have two school-aged children.
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