WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, announced the endorsement of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for governor of Massachusetts.
“Martha Coakley is a trailblazer who has shown an unwavering commitment to serving her community and Massachusetts as a strong advocate and problem solver for nearly three decades,” said Stephanie Schriock, President of EMILY’s List. “She worked tirelessly to protect women and families from abuse by engaging communities in crime prevention efforts as district attorney. As attorney general, Martha fights for taxpayers and consumers and brings the criminals who betray their trust to justice. Martha Coakley will be the kind of bold, pragmatic governor that Massachusetts women and families need, and the EMILY’s List community – now more than two million members strong – is excited to support her campaign.”
Martha Coakley’s career in public service began in 1986 when she joined the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney assigned to Lowell District Court. In 1991 Coakley was appointed the chief of the Child Abuse Prosecution Unit, during which time she investigated and prosecuted hundreds of cases of child physical and sexual abuse. In 1998, she was elected as the Middlesex District Attorney where over the course of eight years she established herself as a passionate advocate for public safety, not only bringing justice to crime victims and their families, but also emphasizing the importance of working with community leaders, schools, and law enforcement in a variety of diverse and multi-faceted prevention efforts. Coakley was elected with 73% of the vote in 2006 becoming Massachusetts’ first woman attorney general, and was reelected in 2010. Coakley was born in Lee, M.A., and raised in North Adams, in the Berkshire mountain region of western Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, M.A., where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students.