Meet the Newly Elected Attorneys General Who Made History

November 10, 2022

Politico: “This Diverse Class of State Executives Were the Stars of the Midterms”

Washington, DC — Throughout the country, glass ceilings were shattered on Election Day, including in races for Attorney General. Today, Politico highlighted those history markers, writing“The first woman and first openly gay person elected governor. The first Black woman elected attorney general. The first all-female governor and lieutenant governor team. And those are just the firsts for Massachusetts.”

In Maryland, Congressman Anthony Brown was elected as AG. “In the intervening years, Brown resurrected his political career, serving three terms representing a majority-Black district just outside Washington and will now be sworn in as the state’s first Black attorney general.”

“Andrea Campbell’s rise in Massachusetts politics was meteoric. First elected to the Boston City Council seven years ago, Campbell served as the body’s first Black female president for two years before running for mayor in 2021. She hit a speed bump there — finishing third in the race to replace now-Labor Secretary Marty Walsh.”

“But less than five months later she entered the attorney general race as the frontrunner and went on to defeat a self-funding labor attorney in a hard-fought Democratic primary. She cruised to victory over her Republican opponent, Jay McMahon, on Tuesday to become the first Black woman elected to statewide office in Massachusetts.”

“‘For those who have felt unseen, this victory is for you,’ a teary-eyed Campbell told supporters Tuesday night. “‘For those who have felt marginalized, this victory is for you. For those who have felt left out and left behind and undervalued, this victory is for you.’”

“[Charity] Clark is the first female attorney general in the Green Mountain State. The lawyer touted her family’s small-business background and volunteer history as examples of her being ingrained in Vermont’s community during the campaign. She ran on a platform of environmental protections, criminal justice reform, tackling child pornography cases and combating gender-based violence.”


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