Candidate Deval Patrick

Deval Patrick (63), a late addition to the Democratic race, announced his candidacy for president in mid-November. Patrick is a politician, civil rights lawyer, author, and businessman who served as governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015, the first African-American to do so. Raised largely by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After graduating, he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund and later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner at age 34. In 1994, Bill Clinton appointed him as the United States assistant attorney general for the civil rights division of the United States Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial profiling and police misconduct. He views himself as the cure for a Democratic Party struggling to respond to a divisive Republican president. Throughout his career, Patrick has been compared to his friend, former President Barack Obama, in part because both have leaned on their personal stories and ties to Chicago to rise to political power. But his Patrick’s work in the private-sector may create a political hurdle for his candidacy, particularly a job in 2015 he took at Bain Capital. He defends himself telling CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I’m a capitalist. I’m not a market fundamentalist. I don’t think private markets in the private sector solves every problem that needs to be solved in our society right on time.”




Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, pictured in an undated handout image from the Governor's office, is rumored to be on the short list of nominees to replace U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who will be retiring from the court in June of 2009. (UPI Photo/Massachusetts Governor's Office) (Newscom TagID: upiphotos931329)     [Photo via Newscom]

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