Rep. Claire Cronin named new chair of judiciary committee

Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017
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Representative Claire D. Cronin (D-Plymouth)

Representative Claire D. Cronin (D-Plymouth) has been appointed House chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary by Speaker Robert A. DeLeo for this legislative session. Cronin was first elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives for the Eleventh Plymouth District, which includes both Brockton and Easton, on Nov. 6, 2012.

"The Massachusetts Bar Association strongly applauds Speaker Robert DeLeo's appointment of Representative Claire Cronin as House Chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary. Representative Cronin brings a wealth of legal experience to this prestigious leadership position, which is of vital importance to the bench and bar. Representative Cronin will certainly hit the ground running given her outstanding work ethic and her handling of complex legal and legislative issues on the Hill and as a practicing lawyer," said MBA Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy.

Cronin began her career at Wynn and Wynn PC in Raynham, Massachusetts. She went on to maintain a sole practice in Brockton up until the time she was sworn in as a member of the House of Representatives. She has been affiliated with Commonwealth Mediation since 2002, where she arbitrated and mediated cases involving a wide range of issues, most notably the landmark settlement of the Massachusetts clergy sexual abuse cases.

Cronin previously served as vice chair of the Joint Committee on the Judiciary where she worked on key legislation in the committee, including family law, civil rights issues, and legislation criminalizing the trafficking of Fentanyl. Cronin also served on the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities and Energy, the House Committee on Post Audit and Oversight, the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technology, and the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs.

Cronin is a graduate of Stonehill College and Suffolk University Law School. Cronin is admitted to the Massachusetts bar and also admitted to practice in U.S. District Court and the U.S. Supreme Court.