Thomas J. Donovan, Jr. was born and raised in Burlington, Vt. TJ graduated from Merrimack College (BA 1996) and Suffolk Law School (JD, 2000). TJ began his career as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia, Penn., before returning to Vermont to work as a deputy Chittenden County state’s attorney. Prior to being elected Chittenden County state’s attorney in November 2006, TJ was an associate in the Burlington, Vt., law firm of Jarvis & Kaplan where he specialized in civil litigation and criminal defense work. TJ was reelected Chittenden County state’s attorney in 2010 and 2014. In 2010, Donovan started the Rapid Intervention Community Court (RICC), an award-winning criminal justice program available to non-violent offenders whose crimes have been driven by addiction or mental illness. He was co-chair for Governor Peter Shumlin’s Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet.
TJ was elected attorney general of the state of Vermont on Nov. 8, 2016. He is the 26th Vermont attorney general. He currently lives with his wife Jessica McCloud and their two sons.