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Martha Coakley

2014 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Forum on Mental Health

Martha Coakley

A native of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts, Martha has charted a career as a distinguished prosecutor before serving as Middlesex District Attorney and now as the Commonwealth's first female Attorney General. She is a voice for fairness for those who need it most, and brings people together to drive innovative solutions to our biggest challenges.

Martha has successfully prosecuted some of the Commonwealth's most dangerous criminals and brought landmark cases to protect consumers, taxpayers, civil rights, and the environment.

Martha has been a national leader in addressing the economic crisis by holding big banks accountable and keeping people in their homes, protected civil rights as the first Attorney General to successfully challenge the Defense of Marriage Act, tackled fraud and corruption, championed major initiatives to address the costs of health care and energy, and recovered hundreds of millions of dollars back for the Commonwealth's taxpayers. Martha is a passionate advocate for public safety, bringing justice to victims of crime and their families while implementing innovative prevention programs in our schools and communities.

Martha was born and raised in North Adams. Her father was a World War II and Korean War veteran and a small business owner. Her mother was a homemaker raising five children. Martha was part of the first female class to attend Williams College, and received her J.D. from the Boston University School of Law. Martha lives in Medford with her husband, retired police Deputy Superintendent Thomas F. O'Connor, Jr., and their Labradors, Jackson and Jefferson.

Updated 6/18/14

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