The Attorneys General
Peter Kilmartin (D)
Rhode Island Attorney General
Peter F. Kilmartin was elected the 73rd Attorney General of Rhode Island on November 4, 2010, on the promises of enhancing the economic security of Rhode Island, protecting the public safety of Rhode Island communities and families, and restoring the public trust in state government.
As a native Rhode Islander, Attorney General Kilmartin grew up in the city of Pawtucket where he attended neighborhood public schools. His mother and father taught him, as well as his three brothers, the importance of honesty, community, and hard-work at an early age.
After graduating from Tolman High School, he decided that he wanted to protect the community where he grew up. In 1984, Attorney General Kilmartin enrolled in the police academy, and for 24 years, served his community as a member of the Pawtucket Police Department, starting as an officer on patrol, working his way up to becoming the officer in charge of prosecutions and retiring as a Captain.
Kilmartin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Roger Williams University, and later earned his Juris Doctorate at Roger Williams University School of Law. As a police officer, Kilmartin knew that he didn’t just want to protect the public, he wanted to be their advocate, and he decided to run for state representative where he fought to further the protection of Rhode Islanders for nearly 20 years.
In serving Rhode Island as a state representative, Attorney General Kilmartin helped pass laws to protect children from predators, create a witness protection program, ban texting while driving, keep alcohol out of cars, put an end to pension abuses, strengthen domestic violence penalties, and forced health insurance companies to cover reconstructive surgery for women following breast cancer mastectomies.
Recognizing his devotion to fighting for the protection of every day Rhode Islanders, Kilmartin received several public service awards from a wide-array of groups, including: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), After-School Alliance Plus, Justice Assistance, the Boys and Girls Club, Gateway Health Care, and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
Attorney General Kilmartin and his wife, Kristine, have been married for 13 years and are actively involved in the community. Together, they founded the Pawtucket Arts Festival in 1999, which draws thousands of people from all across Southern New England to Pawtucket every year, serving as an economic and cultural boon to the Rhode Island economy.