Martha Coakley

Coakley speaking at Faneuil Hall in Boston

Martha Coakley is the liberal Attorney General of Massachusetts and was the Democratic nominee to fill the late Ted Kennedy's seat in the US Senate.

Coakley was elected Massachusetts Attorney General in the 2006 general election as a Democrat, defeating Republican Larry Frisoli with 73% of the vote. She was sworn in on January 17, 2007. Coakley is the first woman to serve as Attorney General in Massachusetts.

On July 8, 2009, she filed a law suit, challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The law suit claimed that Congress "overstepped its authority, undermined states' efforts to recognize marriages between same-sex couples." Massachusetts is the first state to challenge the legislation.

In 2009, Coakley won settlements of $60 million from Goldman Sachs and $10 million from Fremont Investment & Loan for their abuse of subprime loans and lending.

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