Key State Legislators Endorse Martha Coakley for U.S. Senate

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BOSTON, Mass. – Eighty-eight state legislators from across Massachusetts have endorsed Martha Coakley for United States Senate, including seventy-two State Representatives and sixteen State Senators. Martha Coakley enjoys the support of half of all Democratic state legislators.

Martha Coakley has worked closely with the Legislature to craft legislation that has made an impact on the lives of Massachusetts residents. She helped put in place stronger protections against identity theft and child sexual assault. She collaborated with the Legislature in the passage of the recent ethics reform legislation and provided her office's legal expertise to the Legislature to pass the Health Care Cost Containment bill and the Green Communities Act.

“I am proud to stand with Martha Coakley for United States Senate because she has demonstrated tremendous leadership on behalf of every resident of Massachusetts,” said Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray. “Martha is an effective and courageous advocate for the Commonwealth, standing up for all of us to ensure our rights are protected and that all of our voices are heard. I am confident that she will bring that courage and determination to Capitol Hill and continue her record of strong leadership in the United States Senate.”

“I’m proud to stand with Martha Coakley because I’m confident that she will be a thoughtful steward of taxpayers’ dollars,” said House Majority Leader James Vallee. “Martha Coakley has taken on Wall Street, Big Dig contractors, and predatory mortgage lenders, and she will continue to fight for us in the United States Senate. Taxpayers and small businesspeople will have no better champion in Washington than Martha Coakley.”

“Martha Coakley has proven herself to be an effective leader who is dedicated to the well-being of the families of Massachusetts,” said State Representative Charles Murphy, Chair of the House Ways and Means Committee. “Whether it’s cracking down on online child predators or going after those who would scam senior citizens out of their savings, Martha Coakley knows how to get results. I am pleased to endorse her candidacy for United States Senate.”
 
“Martha Coakley is the kind of progressive leader we in Massachusetts need to have representing us in the United States Senate,” said Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry. “She has spent her career fighting to ensure that everyone is treated equally under the law, regardless of age, race, gender, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. She will be a tireless advocate for all of us in Washington D.C.”

“I am honored to have the support of these hard-working and committed public servants from all across our great Commonwealth,” said Martha Coakley. “In Washington D.C., I will fight for all the Commonwealth’s families, to make health care more affordable, to expand economic opportunity, and to keep our communities safe for everyone from our children to our senior citizens. I look forward to working with the Legislature to achieve these goals.”

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 families in Massachusetts. As part of her Cyber Crime Initiative, Coakley revolutionized the tools available to prosecutors in 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.

To date, the following legislators have endorsed Martha Coakley for United States Senate:

Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth)
Senate Majority Leader Frederick Berry (D-Peabody)
Senator Steven Baddour (D-Methuen)
Senator Stephen Brewer (D-Barre)
Senator Harriette Chandler (D-Worcester)
Senator Cynthia Stone Creem (D-Newton)
Senator Benjamin Downing (D-Pittsfield)
Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton)
Senator Susan Fargo (D-Lincoln)
Senator Jennifer Flanagan (D-Leominster)
Senator Joan Menard (D-Fall River)
Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury)
Senator Michael Morrissey (D-Quincy)
Senator Robert O’Leary (D-Barnstable)
Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland)
Senator Susan Tucker (D-Andover)

House Majority Leader James Vallee (D-Franklin)

Representative Charles Murphy (D-Burlington)
Representative James Arciero (D-Westford)
Representative Cory Atkins (D-Concord)
Representative Demetrius Atsalis (D-Hyannis)
Representative Jennifer Benson (D-Lunenburg)
Representative Garrett Bradley (D-Hingham)
Representative Michael Brady (D-Brockton)
Representative Thomas Calter (D-Kingston)
Representative Linda Dean Campbell (D-Methuen)
Representative Christine Canavan (D-Brockton)
Representative Katherine Clark (D-Melrose)
Representative Geraldine Creedon (D-Brockton)
Representative Sean Curran (D-Springfield)
Representative Stephen DiNatale (D-Fitchburg)
Representative Paul Donato (D-Medford)
Representative Christopher Donelan (D-Orange)
Representative Joseph Driscoll (D-Braintree)
Representative James Dwyer (D-Woburn)
Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston)
Representative Lori Ehrlich (D-Marblehead)
Representative Christopher Fallon (D-Malden)
Representative Mark Falzone (D-Saugus)
Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante (D-Gloucester)
Representative Barry Finegold (D-Andover)
Representative John Fresolo (D-Worcester)
Representative William Galvin (D-Canton)
Representative Sean Garballey (D-Arlington)
Representative Colleen Garry (D-Dracut)
Representative Anne Gobi (D-Spencer)
Representative Mary Grant (D-Beverly)
Representative William Greene (D-Billerica)
Representative Denis Guyer (D-Dalton)
Representative Patricia Haddad (D-Somerset)
Representative Lida Harkins (D-Needham)
Representative Kate Hogan (D-Stow)

Representative Louis Kafka (D-Sharon)
Representative John Keenan (D-Salem)
Representative Kay Khan (D-Newton)
Representative Peter Kocot (D-Northampton)
Representative Peter Koutoujian (D-Newton)
Representative Paul Kujawski (D-Webster)
Representative Barbara L’Italien (D-Andover)
Representative William Lantigua (D-Lawrence)
Representative Jason Lewis (D-Winchester)
Representative David Linsky (D-Natick)
Representative Timothy Madden (D-Nantucket)
Representative Allen McCarthy (D-East Bridgewater)
Representative David Nangle (D-Lowell)
Representative Robert Nyman (D-Hanover)
Representative Sarah Peake (D-Provincetown)
Representative Vincent Pedone (D-Worcester)
Representative Robert Rice (D-Gardner)
Representative Pam Richardson (D-Framingham)
Representative Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport)
Representative John Rogers (D-Norwood)
Representative Dennis Rosa (D-Leominster)
Representative Michael Rush (D-Boston)
Representative Rosemary Sandlin (D-Agawam)
Representative Tom Sannicandro (D-Ashland)
Representative Carl Sciortino (D-Somerville)
Representative Stephen Stat Smith (D-Everett)
Representative Christopher Speranzo (D-Pittsfield)
Representative Joyce Spiliotis (D-Peabody)
Representative Harriett Stanley (D-West Newbury)
Representative William Straus (D-Mattapoisett)
Representative Walter Timilty (D-Milton)
Representative Brian Wallace (D-South Boston)
Representative Steven Walsh (D-Lynn)
Representative Martha “Marty” Walz (D-Boston)
Representative James Welch (D-West Springfield)
Representative Alice Wolf (D-Cambridge)

Also endorsing Martha Coakley for United States Senate:

Mayor Lisa Wong, Fitchburg
Mayor Kim Driscoll, Salem
Mayor Sue Kay, Weymouth
Mayor Nancy Stevens, Marlborough

EMILY’s List
National Women’s Political Caucus
Teamsters Joint Council 10
Teamsters Local 1 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 25 (Boston)
Teamsters Local 42 (Lynn)
Teamsters Local 82 (South Boston)
Teamsters Local 127 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 170 (Worcester)
Teamsters Local 259 (Quincy)
Teamsters Local 404 (Springfield)
Teamsters Local 653 (South Easton)
Unite Here! Local 26
New England Regional Council of Carpenters
Carpenters Local Union 26
Massachusetts Coalition of Police
International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103
Painters & Allied Trades District Council #35
Painters & Allied Trades District Council #11
Pipefitters’ Association Local 537
Utility Workers of America Local 369
Brotherhood of Utility Workers’ Council
International Union of Operating Engineers Local 877
Massachusetts Police Association
New Bedford Police Union
Office & Professional Employees International Union Local 6
Plymouth/Bristol Central Labor Council
Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police
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