I’m Running for Attorney General


Today I am officially announcing my campaign for Attorney General of Massachusetts.

For the past year I’ve travelled throughout our state advocating for landmark gun safety laws to keep our neighborhoods and schools safe. In town hall meetings, we’ve brought people together from communities across our Commonwealth – residents who’ve joined our fight to keep illegal guns off our streets. The more progress we’ve made, the more I realize that I can best serve our state as your next Attorney General, carrying this fight forward, and doing everything we can to prevent violence in our cities, towns, and neighborhoods.

I pledge to serve as the people’s lawyer.

I’ll stand in your corner to fight crime and fraud; to get illegal guns off of our street; to keep our communities safe; and be an advocate for working men and women, honest businesses, and the protection of our environment. I will focus the Attorney General’s office on the critical tasks of reducing gun violence, enhancing cyber security, protecting children online, standing up for consumers, and improving infrastructure security.

As a proud Democrat, I stand by the ideals of our party to help working people, small businesses, and those who need our help. I’ll use all of my experience as a legislator, prosecutor, Army JAG, husband and father to protect and support the men, women, and children of Massachusetts.

I’m running for Attorney General, and I ask you to stand with me – to join me.

Please watch the video we released today, and share it with your friends and colleagues. Together we’ll make Massachusetts safer, fairer, and an even more just place for all of our families.

Thank you.


Hank Naughton

Meet Hank Naughton

Hank Naughton currently serves as House chairman of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. He has served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995. Prior to his election, Naughton was a prosecutor in the Worcester County District Attorney's office. He has continued to practice law through his own firm, with a concentration on litigation, criminal defense, and local, national and international development issues.

Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Naughton joined the United States Army Reserve. Now a Major, Naughton has served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and participated in an advisory mission in the Congo. He is currently assigned to the Third Legal Operational Detachment and as an adjunct to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, Defense Institute of International Legal Studies.

In 2011, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Naughton to the International Security Advisory Board. The Board, made up of 24 members, provides the Department with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy. The Board provides its recommendations directly to the Secretary of State. Secretary of State John Kerry reappointed Naughton to the board in 2013. Naughton, 53, is a graduate of Clinton High School, Assumption College, and Suffolk University School of Law. He lives in his hometown of Clinton with his wife Ellen and their children Harrison, Tiernan, Clare and Eamon.