Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins is “considered” the closest US attorney to Massachusetts, according to her law firm.
Rollins, a former prosecutor in the local US attorney’s office, was elected prosecutor in 2018 following a campaign on a progressive platform.
The Herald has reported that she, along with four other former assistant federal attorneys in the Boston office, was keeping an eye on the state’s top federal attorney’s office.
“DA Rollins and several other qualified candidates are being considered for the US attorney,” the Suffolk prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday. “This is not news. The prosecutor said it was an incredible honor to be in the race for the position at all.
“She remains focused on her chosen job as Suffolk County’s chief law enforcement officer, ensuring that communities are safe and healthy and that people who commit violence or harm are prosecuted and held accountable,” the office added added.
Rollins served in the civil and criminal law departments of the US Attorney’s Office before serving as advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She was elected district attorney for the Boston area three years ago.
Former US attorney Andrew Lelling resigned in February. The conservative US attorney made waves with the college admissions scandal “Varsity Blues” by indicting a Newton judge accused of helping an immigrant avoid the ICE and cracking down on MS-13.
Acting US attorney Nathaniel Mendell replaced Lelling.
In December, retired federal judge Nancy Gertner set up a committee to receive applications for the position. This committee will then make recommendations to the two state senators, who in turn would direct their open recommendations to the Biden government.