Originally from New Hampshire, Maura Healey became a resident of Massachusetts when she attended Harvard College, Class of 1992. There, among many other accomplishments, she earned the honor of becoming the shortest basketball player in the history of Harvard basketball. Her success on the court led her to Austria, where she played professional basketball for two years. Soon enough, however, Healey returned to the US to pursue her Juris Doctor degree at Northeastern University School of Law. After law school, she worked as a private attorney for seven years before entering the public sphere as an assistant District Attorney for Middlesex County. Within a few short years, however, Healey joined the Office of Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley in 2007 and never looked back.
Maura Healey started her journey at the AG’s office as the chief of the Civil Rights Division. Most notably, she spearheaded Massachusetts’s challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). From there, she was quickly promoted to Chief of both the Public Protection & Advocacy Bureau and the Business and Labor Bureau. In 2013, Healey resigned from her position at the AG’s office in order to run for Attorney General herself. Winning against Republican attorney John Miller, she came into office in 2014. As Attorney General, Healey has focused on fighting on behalf of consumers and citizens. She has been a fierce advocate for, among other issues, gun control and abortion rights. Healey has sued the Trump administration 43 times, focusing on his policies on immigration, women’s reproductive rights, and environmental protection. From 2014 to 2019, Maura Healey has advocated for those that can’t advocate for themselves, and she continues to fight the good fight every single day.