Deval Patrick

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<!-- Comment on citing sources and footnotes:All additions to this page require a footnoted citation to a reliable published source. This permits statements in the article to be verified by others, conforms with the Wikipedia Manual of Style policies, and the Wikipedia policies for biographical articles.See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Footnotes and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Template_messages/Sources_of_articles#Citations_of_generic_sourcesand http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Biographies_of_living_persons -->Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is the 71st Governor of Massachusetts. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as an Assistant United States Attorney General under President Bill Clinton. He is the state's first African American governor and the second African American to be elected governor of any US state.

Born and raised by a single mother on the South Side of Chicago, Patrick won a scholarship to Milton Academy in Massachusetts in the eighth grade. He went on to attend Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. After graduating he practiced law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He later joined a Boston law firm, where he was named a partner at the age of 34. In 1994, President Bill Clinton appointed Patrick Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on issues including racial......
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