Margaret E. Curran

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Margaret E. "Meg" Curran served as United States Attorney for Rhode Island from 1998 to 2003.

The most notable case during Curran's tenure was the prosecution of the Operation Plunder Dome, which led to the conviction of Providence Mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci on conspiracy charges. Curran, who was one of only 12 U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Bill Clinton to keep their posts after the election of George W. Bush, stepped down in 2003 because she suffers from multiple sclerosis.[1]

She currently serves as the chair of Rhode Island's Health Benefits Exchange Advisory Board.


Curran earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a master's degree in anthropology from Purdue University, and a law degree form the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1983. Curran was an editor of the Connecticut Law Review while earning her degree.[2]


In 1995, Curran became an adjunct professor at the Roger Williams University School of Law. She is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association.[2]

Political endorsements[edit]


During the 2006 Rhode Island U.S. Senate race, Curran endorsed incumbent Senator Lincoln Chafee over his Democratic challenger and eventual victor Sheldon Whitehouse. While Curran had worked for Whitehouse during his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Chafee fought for Curran to keep her job after Bush's election in 2000. Despite the fact that Curran endorsed Chafee, she refused to criticize Whitehouse.[3]


Curran endorsed Chafee in the 2010 Rhode Island gubernatorial election.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ Smith, Gregory (October 9, 2003). "Curran considering job offers by Cicilline". The Providence Journal. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b 1998 Congressional Record, Vol. 144, Page S12966 (October 21, 1998)
  3. ^ Stanton, Mike; Needham, Cynthia (October 28, 2006). "Former U.S. Attorney endorses Chafee for Senate". The Providence Journal. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
  4. ^ Smith, Michelle R. (October 13, 2010). "Independent Chafee Loans RI Gov Campaign $300,000". WFSB. Associated Press. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. Chafee's ad focuses on his key campaign theme of trust and integrity. It features former U.S. Attorney Meg Curran, who led the prosecution into former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci's corrupt administration. 
  5. ^ Gregg, Katherine (October 13, 2010). "Governor's race heats up as Caprio, Chafee trade barbs". The Providence Journal. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. Chafee previewed his new ad featuring former U.S. Attorney Meg Curran. 
  6. ^ "Meg Curran for Chafee". October 2010. Archived from the original on October 23, 2010. Retrieved October 23, 2010. 
Preceded by
Sheldon Whitehouse
U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island
1998 – 2003
Succeeded by
Robert Clark Corrente