|Address||46 Coolidge Road |
Medford, Massachusetts , United States
|| July 14, 1953
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|Info||Martha Coakley is the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She is the former District Attorney of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, having served from January 1999 to January 2007. |
Coakley was born in Lee, Massachusetts, moving with her parents to North Adams a year later. She currently resides in Medford. She is married to Thomas F. O'Connor, Jr.
Coakley received a B.A., cum laude from Williams College in 1975. She received a J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1979.
Coakley began as an associate at the law firm of Parker, Coulter, Daley & White, and later practiced at Goodwin Procter — both in Boston, Massachusetts.
She joined the DA's office in 1986 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Lowell, Massachusetts District Court office. A year later, she was invited by the U.S. Justice Department to join its Boston Organized Crime Strike Force as a Special Attorney. Coakley returned to the District Attorney’s Office in 1989 and was appointed the Chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit two years later.
In December 1997, Coakley resigned her position to campaign for District Attorney in the 54 cities and towns of Middlesex County. During her term as District Attorney, Coakley has been recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the Massachusetts School of Law and the Frank J. Murray Inn of Court.
Coakley was elected Attorney General in the 2006 general election as a Democrat, defeating Republican Larry Frisoli with 73% of the vote. She was sworn in on January 17, 2007. Coakley is the first woman to serve as Attorney General in Massachusetts.