Campaign 2010

The state’s chief lawyer

October 26, 2010

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The attorney general is the chief lawyer and top law enforcement officer of Massachusetts. The attorney general represents the state in court and prosecutes a range of violations in areas including consumer protection, fraud, civil rights, health care, and insurance issues.

Attorney General Martha Coakley
Age: 57
She is a Boston University School of Law graduate who spent seven years supervising the child abuse unit in the Middlesex district attorney’s office and served two four-year terms as district attorney of Middlesex County. She was elected attorney general in 2006.

Her plans for the office:
She said she intends to focus on the same issues she has in the past four years: rooting out corruption and recovering money for taxpayers, fighting consumer fraud, protecting children from online predators and scams, defending civil rights, and holding banks more accountable.

James P. McKenna
Age: 49
He is a Boston College Law School graduate who has worked for prosecutors in Franklin County, Ohio, Suffolk County, and Worcester County during the 1980s and 1990s. After leaving the Worcester district attorney’s office in 1998, he spent a decade working for law firms in Boston and Worcester, specializing in defending lawsuits against auto insurers. He now works out of his home in Millbury.

His plans for the office:
On his website, he said he intends to beef up prosecutions of public corruption to “make government trustworthy,’’ crack down on illegal immigration, join a lawsuit to challenge the new national health care reform law, and fight Internet scams, civil rights violations, and deceptive corporate practices.