Spotlight: Massachusetts AG Maura Healey

Professional Background: Healey is the 45th attorney general to serve the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Since being sworn in on January 21, 2015, AG Healey has tackled issues including the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic, escalating health care costs, workers’ rights and student loan costs. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving the Massachusetts’s criminal justice system.

In 2007, AG Healey was hired by then Attorney General, Martha Coakley, to serve as Chief of the Civil Rights Division where she spearheaded the state’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. She was then appointed Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and then Chief of the Business and Labor Bureau before resigning in 2013 to run for attorney general in 2014.

Early in her career, AG Healey clerked for Judge David Mazzone in the United States District Court in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, AG Healey was a junior partner at the international law firm Wilmer Hale (formerly Hale and Dorr), where she represented clients in the financial services, pharmaceutical, medical device, software, energy, biotechnology and professional sports sectors. She is a former Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, where she tried drug, assault, domestic violence and motor vehicle cases.

Education: AG Healey graduated from Harvard University in 1992 where she majored in government and was co-captain of the women’s basketball team. She then spent two years playing professional basketball in Austria before returning to the United States and receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the Northeastern University School of Law in 1998.

Personal: AG Healey was born in New Hampshire, and grew up as the oldest of five brothers and sisters. She currently lives in Charlestown, Massachusetts with her partner, Judge Gabrielle Wolohojian, who serves as an Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.