Martha Coakley today announced that twenty-three of her fellow state Attorneys General from across the country have endorsed her candidacy for United States Senate.
"Martha Coakley has been an innovator," said Attorney General Douglas Gansler of Maryland. "Her colleagues across the country routinely look to her exemplary leadership, whether it's her Cyber Crime Initiative modernizing crime fighting or her standing up to Wall Street banks like Goldman Sachs and predatory mortgage lenders like Fremont Investment and Loan whose irresponsibility threatened our economy. Martha will make an outstanding Senator on behalf of the people of Massachusetts."
"Martha Coakley has been a national leader working with online social networking sites Facebook and MySpace to make the Internet safer for children," said Attorney General Janet Mills of Maine. "Simply put, when she is confronted with a problem, Martha works hard and brings people together to solve that problem. She has been a great Attorney General and will be an outstanding Senator."
"I am honored to have the endorsements of these commendable public servants," said Martha Coakley. "As Attorneys General, we share fundamental priorities including keeping our communities safe, preventing corporate fraud and abuse, and protecting workers' rights. I have never backed down from a fight in defense of these priorities; and, I will continue that fight in the United States Senate on behalf of the taxpayers, homeowners, and families of Massachusetts."
Endorsing Martha Coakley for United States Senate are:
* Attorney General Thurbert Baker, Georgia
* Attorney General Steve Bullock, Montana
* Attorney General James "Buddy" Caldwell, Louisiana
* Attorney General Jack Conway, Kentucky
* Attorney General Robert Cooper Jr., Tennessee
* Attorney General Roy Cooper, North Carolina
* Attorney General Richard Cordray, Ohio
* Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada
* Attorney General Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma
* Attorney General Douglas Gansler, Maryland
* Attorney General Terry Goddard, Arizona
* Attorney General Jim Hood, Mississippi
* Attorney General Gary King, New Mexico
* Attorney General Chris Koster, Missouri
* Attorney General John Kroger, Oregon
* Attorney General Patrick Lynch, Rhode Island
* Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Illinois
* Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, Arkansas
* Attorney General Darrell McGraw Jr., West Virginia
* Attorney General Tom Miller, Iowa
* Attorney General Janet Mills, Maine
* Attorney General Steve Six, Kansas
* Attorney General William Sorrell, Vermont
For the past eighteen months, Coakley has served as the co-chair of the National Association of Attorney General's Tobacco Committee. In that role, Coakley provides leadership to educate and advise fellow Attorneys General on the states' responsibilities enforcing the landmark 1998 Master Settlement Agreement.
Coakley became Massachusetts' first female Attorney General in January 2007. Since then, she has established herself as a leader on a variety of issues affecting Massachusetts residents, including addressing the foreclosure crisis that has plagued so many families. She has a proven track record of taking on Wall Street and protecting consumers, recovering record settlements in enforcement actions from companies such as Goldman Sachs and Fremont Investment and Loan for violating consumer protection laws. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors for fighting crime in the 21st century, ensuring that Massachusetts is on the cutting edge of public safety.
Coakley, 56, was raised in North Adams. She is a graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, MA, where she was a member of the first class admitted to the college that included female students. She received her law degree from Boston University School of Law in 1979. Coakley resides in Medford with her husband, Thomas F. O'Connor, a retired police Deputy Superintendent.