Deval Patrick was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 31, 1956. Growing up in poverty, he was referred to an organization called A Better Chance. This organization allowed him to attend the private boarding school Milton Academy for high school. He then attended Harvard University and gradated with a degree in English and American literature. Patrick then worked for the United Nations before returning to Harvard where he completed a law degree in 1982. After graduation, Patrick served as a appellate court law clerk for one year before joining the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. He then went on to join a private law firm in Boston before entering government service in 1994 as U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. In 1997, Patrick returned to private life and worked for a law firm and various corporations as general counsel. In 2006, he was elected Governor of Massachusetts and was re-elected in 2010. After leaving the governorship, Patrick has held a position with a private equity firm. He currently lives in Massachusetts with his wife Diane and has two children.
Deval Patrick announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination on November 14, 2019.
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