Frank Cousins (American politician)

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Frank Cousins
Essex County Sheriff
In office
Preceded by Charles Reardon
Succeeded by Kevin Coppinger
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives from the 1st Essex District
In office
Preceded by Barbara Hildt
Succeeded by Kevin L. Finnegan
Personal details
Born (1958-05-07) May 7, 1958 (age 58)
Boston, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Residence Newburyport, Massachusetts
Alma mater Newburyport High School
Occupation Automobile Dealership Owner
Real Estate Sales Associate

Frank G. Cousins, Jr. (born May 7, 1958 in Boston, Massachusetts[1]) is an American politician who served as the Essex County, Massachusetts Sheriff. Cousins became the first African-American sheriff in Massachusetts when he was appointed to the position in 1996 by then Massachusetts Governor William Weld.[2]

Prior to his appointment to sheriff, Cousins had served on the Newburyport, Massachusetts City Council, and then in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1993 up until he became sheriff. As a Republican, Cousins has won elections for the sheriff position in 1998, 2004, and 2010 in heavily Democratic Essex County.[3] He is not running for reelection in 2016.


  1. ^ O'Neill, Edward B.; MacQueen, Robert E. (1995). Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 1995–1996. State of Massachusetts. p. 108. OCLC 9668846. 
  2. ^ "First Black Sheriff Named in Massachusetts". Jet. 90 (23): 25. 1996. 
  3. ^ Phillips, Frank (12 October 2005). "GOP urges Essex sheriff to take on Kennedy". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on 6 July 2014. 

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