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For Immediate Release
Obama White House Advisor Quentin Palfrey Announces Bid for Lt. Governor
Boston, September 7, 2017: former Obama Senior Advisor for Jobs & Competitiveness Quentin Palfrey today announced that he is seeking the Democratic nomination for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor.
“I’m running for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor because we need leaders who will fight for good jobs and fair pay and will put reducing inequality and poverty at the center stage this year,” Palfrey said.
Palfrey brings years of experience in both the state and federal government to the Lieutenant Governor’s race. During President Obama’s first term, Palfrey served as a Senior Advisor in the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, where he was the lead White House staffer on efforts leading to the passage of the America Invents Act, a major piece of patent reform legislation. He previously served as Deputy General Counsel for Strategic Initiatives in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
During implementation of the landmark Massachusetts health reform law, Palfrey played a major role as a consumer advocate through his position as the Chief of the Health Care Division in the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office.
“We are living through an unprecedented assault on our inclusive American values,” said Palfrey. “We need a governor and a lieutenant governor who will be leaders in the resistance to Trump. It’s time to stand up and fight back for the American dream.”
According to a filing with the Office of Campaign & Political Finance, Palfrey’s campaign will be co-chaired by former Massachusetts Democratic Party chair Phil Johnston and former EPA regional Administrator John DeVillars. Cambridge civil rights attorney Andrea Kramer will serve as treasurer.
Palfrey also announced that he is stepping down as Executive Director of J-PAL North America, the poverty lab at MIT, which uses rigorous evidence to improve the effectiveness of social policy in areas such as health care, education, economic mobility, criminal justice, and housing policy. Palfrey will continue to serve as an advisor to J-PAL to ensure a smooth transition.
Palfrey lives in Weston with his wife, civil rights attorney Anna-Marie Tabor, and their three children.