Andrea Joy Campbell was born on June 11,1982 and is an American lawyer and politician who is the Attorney General of Massachusetts.
46 Facts About Andrea Campbell
Andrea Campbell is a former member of the Boston City Council.
Andrea Campbell served as president of the council from January 2018 until January 2020.
In September 2020, Campbell launched an unsuccessful campaign for mayor of Boston in 2021.
In 2022, Andrea Campbell was elected to serve as the attorney general of Massachusetts.
Andrea Campbell and her twin brother Andre were born in Boston, Massachusetts.
Andrea Campbell refers to an aunt and uncle as her parents.
Andrea Campbell did not know her birth father until she was eight, at which time he was released from prison.
Andrea Campbell was raised in the Roxbury and South End neighborhoods of Boston in an area that is a key black population and cultural center of the city.
Andrea Campbell graduated from Boston Latin School, an esteemed exam school in Boston.
Andrea Campbell spend three months working as the interim general counsel for Boston's Metropolitan Area Planning Council.
Andrea Campbell later worked as deputy legal counsel to Governor Deval Patrick.
Andrea Campbell was the first woman to represent her council district.
Andrea Campbell was a supporter of voting "yes" on the Massachusetts Charter School Expansion Initiative referendum in 2016.
Andrea Campbell supported the proposed federal Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2015, which would have reauthorized the 2007 Second Chance Act.
Andrea Campbell introduced an ordinance to the Boston City Council to express support for this.
On December 9,2017, Andrea Campbell announced that she had unanimous support of her colleagues to be the next president of the council.
Andrea Campbell was elected council president on January 1,2018.
Andrea Campbell was the first African-American woman to hold the position.
In 2019, as City Council president, Andrea Campbell proposed an ordinance to create a city inspector general.
Andrea Campbell was succeeded as president by Kim Janey in January 2020.
In June 2020, Andrea Campbell was one of the five city councilors in the minority that voted against Mayor Walsh's $3.61 billion operating budget proposal.
Andrea Campbell argued that it failed to include changes necessary for the city to address its racial inequality and systemic racism.
That month, when Walsh announced the creation of a philanthropic fund focused on racial inequities, Andrea Campbell was somewhat critical.
In July 2020, amid the George Floyd protests, Andrea Campbell proposed an ordinance to create a police oversight board.
Andrea Campbell did not run for reelection to the council in 2021, as she instead opted to run for mayor.
On September 24,2020, Andrea Campbell announced her candidacy in the 2021 Boston mayoral election from her childhood home in Roxbury.
Andrea Campbell worked to illustrate a strong contrast between herself and Janey.
Andrea Campbell held press conferences criticizing Janey on various topics, including urging her to release legal documents related to a police scandal and to make greater cuts to the city's police department budget.
Andrea Campbell criticized Janey for having, per her criticism, waited too long to put in place a vaccine mandate for city employees.
Andrea Campbell received the endorsement of the Boston Globe editorial board.
Andrea Campbell proposed removing the Boston Public Schools' 125 school resource officers and reutilizing those funds to pay for more mental health specialists.
Ahead of the primary election, a super PAC associated with UNITE HERE Local 26, supporting Kim Janey's candidacy, ran a negative radio advertisement against Andrea Campbell which attacked her past support for charter school expansion, and which alleged that Andrea Campbell was "supported by special interests that want to take money from our schools, and give it to other schools that discriminate against kids with special needs".
The latter accusation was seen as alluding to the fact that a super PAC supporting Andrea Campbell's candidacy received funding from wealthy charter school proponents, such as Reed Hastings.
Andrea Campbell publicly took issue with the characterization of her in this ad, and urged Janey to disavow it, which Janey did not.
Once the votes were counted, Andrea Campbell had finished third in the primary, meaning that she did not advance to the general election.
Andrea Campbell stated that she would seek firm commitments to the Black community to be made by any candidate she might endorsed.
Andrea Campbell ultimately gave no endorsement to either remaining candidate.
On February 2,2022, Andrea Campbell announced her candidacy for Massachusetts Attorney General in the 2022 election.
Andrea Campbell's announcement came after incumbent Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she would not seek reelection and run for governor of Massachusetts instead.
Andrea Campbell won the Democratic nomination and, in the general election, was elected to serve as attorney general.
Andrea Campbell is the first black woman to hold the office, and the second black person to hold the office, after only Edward Brooke.
Andrea Campbell pledged that she would use the office to address matters such as disparities of health and economics negatively impacting the rural parts of the state prison reform, and juvenile justice.
Andrea Campbell promised that she would seek to ensure that nobody would be treated as "above the law".
In March 2023, Andrea Campbell threatened legal action against Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority municipalities that were not adhering to the transit-oriented housing policy of the MBTA Communities Zoning Law.