In January 2015, Maura Healey was sworn in as the Attorney General of Massachusetts. Since taking office, she has led initiatives to reduce gun violence and domestic assault, promote gender equality, and prosecute predatory lenders.
Early Life and Education
Healey grew up in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, as the oldest of six children. After graduating from Winnacunnet High School, she attended Harvard College, where she was co-captain of the basketball team. She went on to play professional basketball in Austria for two years before returning to the US to earn her JD from Northeastern University School of Law.
Healey began her legal career clerking for Judge David Mazzone in the US District Court for Massachusetts. She then spent seven and a half years working as an associate and junior partner at a private firm, focusing on litigation and securities. Healey also served as Special Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County.
In 2007, Healey became the Chief of the Massachusetts Office of Attorney General Civil Rights Division. In this role, she spearheaded the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and argued the case in federal court.
Healey was promoted within the Attorney General’s office to Chief of the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau in 2012, and was later appointed Chief of the Business and Labor Bureau. In this role, she supervised 250 lawyers and staff members dedicated to consumer protection, fair labor, environmental protection, and economic development, among others.
As a fierce women’s rights advocate, Healey defended the Massachusetts Buffer Zone law, which protects women from harassment at reproductive health care centers. She also led initiatives against predatory lenders, which resulted in the modification of thousands of mortgages and the halt of hundreds of foreclosures.
In January 2015, Healey was sworn in as Attorney General, becoming the first LGBT Attorney General in the country. One of her first actions as Attorney General was launching a Community Engagement Division, a first-of-its-kind department that brings the Attorney General’s office to communities throughout the state, offering office hours and assisting in policy rollouts.
Healey has worked to reduce gun violence by prosecuting traffickers and increasing background checks to include restraining orders, pending indictments, domestic violence charges, and parole and probation standings. Healey has also actively enforced the state’s ban on assault weapons.
Healey’s root-cause criminal justice reform policies combine an end to mandatory sentences for nonviolent drug offenders with enhanced treatment and rehabilitation in place of immediate incarceration.
Healey advocates for workplace equality. In May 2015, she began providing six weeks of paid family leave for all employees in the Attorney General’s office, making her agency the first in the state to offer paid parental leave. Healey and her team have also contributed legislation focused on promoting opportunities for women in the workplace, including Pay Equity and Pregnant Workers Fairness bills.
Maura Healey lives with her partner, Gabrielle Wolohojian, in Charlestown, MA. She was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.