Rachael Rollins

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Rachael Rollins
District Attorney of Suffolk County
Assumed office
January 2, 2019
Preceded byJohn P. Pappas
Personal details
BornCambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst
Northeastern University School of Law (J.D.)

Rachael Rollins is an American lawyer and politician. She is the District Attorney of Suffolk County in Massachusetts, which includes the municipalities of Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. Rollins is the first woman to hold the office of Suffolk County D.A. and the first woman of color to serve as a Massachusetts D.A.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Rollins grew up in Cambridge. Her father was a military veteran, and he was a former corrections officer. She graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst and Northeastern University School of Law.[2]


Rollins previously served as a federal prosecutor.[3] She has also served as general counsel of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority and as chief legal counsel of the Massachusetts Port Authority.[2]

District Attorney[edit]


During her campaign, Rollins pledged to decriminalize certain low-level offenses, such as shoplifting and drug possession.[3]

She defeated four other candidates in the September 4, 2018 Democratic primary[4][5][6] and won the November 6, 2018 general election with 80% of the vote against independent challenger Michael P. Maloney.[7][8][9] She took office on January 2, 2019.[10]


Rollins succeeded John P. Pappas, who was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as Suffolk County district attorney from September 26, 2018, completing the final months of Daniel F. Conley's 16-year term.[11][12]

In her capacity as district attorney, she is requiring prosecutors visit jails, and not only ones that are nearby.[3]

Rollins endorsed Tiffany Cabán in the Democratic primary for Queens district attorney.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Meet District Attorney Rollins « Suffolk County District Attorney's Office". Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  2. ^ a b The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy: Rachael Rollins
  3. ^ a b c Dialynn Dwyer, "Q&A: Suffolk County District Attorney-elect Rachael Rollins on her priorities and how her personal experiences inform her work as a prosecutor," 'Boston Globe,' November 14, 2018
  4. ^ "PD43+ » 2018 District Attorney Democratic Primary Suffolk District". PD43+.
  5. ^ "Rachael Rollins takes Democrats" nod for district attorney". 5 September 2018.
  6. ^ Reporter, Maria Cramer-. "Rachael Rollins bests crowded field to win Democratic primary for Suffolk district attorney - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  7. ^ "PD43+ » 2018 District Attorney General Election Suffolk District". PD43+.
  8. ^ Globe, The Boston. "Election results 2018 - Mass. race - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  9. ^ "Rachael Rollins, Criminal Justice Reformer, Is the New Suffolk DA". 7 November 2018.
  10. ^ Reporter, Maria Cramer-. "Rollins sworn in as Suffolk district attorney - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  11. ^ McDonald, Danny. "Pappas sworn in as Suffolk DA - The Boston Globe". BostonGlobe.com.
  12. ^ "Interim Suffolk DA named". 26 September 2018.
  13. ^ {{cite news |last1=Rojas |first1=Rick |title=5 Key Things to Know About Tiffany Cabán |url=https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/26/nyregion/who-is-tiffany-caban.html?action=click&module=News&pgtype=Homepage |accessdate=27 June 2019 |publisher=[[The New York Times] |date=26 June 2019}}

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