Maura Healey has spent years fighting for justice and equal rights, and she has delivered. Her leadership experience, independent vision, and background as both a civil rights attorney and a prosecutor make her uniquely qualified to be our next Attorney General. For seven years, Maura helped lead the Attorney General’s Office, ultimately overseeing more than half of the office’s 500 employees. She began as Chief of the Civil Rights Division and went on to direct two of the office’s most prominent divisions: the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business & Labor Bureau.
She knows firsthand how important the Attorney General’s work is for Massachusetts families and businesses. Earlier in her career, Maura was a prosecutor in Middlesex County and a litigation partner at WilmerHale, one of Boston’s most prestigious law firms. Proving that height is only a number, Maura also spent two years as a 5’4” starting point guard on a professional basketball team.
At the Attorney General’s Office, Maura won victories for Massachusetts families that resonated across the country. She led the nation’s first successful challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the federal law that discriminated against same-sex married couples. She took on subprime lenders, recovering millions on behalf of Massachusetts homeowners. She oversaw the groundbreaking HomeCorps program, which was created to stop unnecessary foreclosures and keep Massachusetts families in their homes. She defended the Massachusetts Buffer Zone law and protected women’s access to reproductive health care. She trained law enforcement on preventing hate crimes and led the Attorney General’s efforts to address bullying in schools. She achieved breakthrough settlements to ensure that new technologies were accessible to people with disabilities.
She will be ready to lead the Attorney General’s Office on day one.Maura is the oldest of five children. Her mother was a school nurse, her father a captain in the Navy and an engineer, and her stepfather taught history and coached high school sports. Maura’s family roots are in Newburyport and along the North Shore, where her grandfathers worked on the fishing docks of Gloucester, at the post office, and in the General Electric factory.From her parents and grandparents, Maura learned the value of hard work, discipline, and an education.
After graduating from public high school, Maura left her small town to attend Harvard College, where she majored in government and was the captain of the basketball team. After two years as a starting point guard for a professional basketball team in Austria, Maura returned to Massachusetts to attend law school at Northeastern University. Maura lives in Charlestown with her partner.