Peter Kilmartin was elected the 73rd Attorney General of
Rhode Island on November 4, 2010. His promise to enhance the economic security
of Rhode Island, protect the public safety of our communities and families and
restore the public trust in state government resonated with the people of Rhode
A native Rhode Islander, Peter grew up in the city of
Pawtucket where he attended the same neighborhood public school system in which
his father Frank taught. His mother, Dot, and father taught him, and his three
brothers, the importance of honesty, community and hard work at an early age.
After graduating from Tolman High School, Peter decided
that he wanted to protect and serve the community in which he grew up. In 1984,
Peter enrolled in the police academy. For over two decades, Peter 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 earning the rank of 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, Peter Kilmartin knew that he didn’t
just want to protect the public, he wanted to be their advocate. He decided to
run for state representative, and at the State House he fought to protect Rhode
Islanders for 20 years.
As a state representative, Peter helped pass laws that
protect children from predators, created a witness protection program, ban
texting while driving, keep alcohol out of cars, put an end to pension abuses,
strengthen domestic violence penalties and force health insurance companies to
cover reconstructive surgery for women following breast cancer mastectomies.
Recognizing his devotion to fighting for the protection of
everyday Rhode Islanders, Peter has received numerous 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, the
Rhode Island National Guard, and the Rhode Island Saltwater Anglers.
Since being elected Attorney General, Kilmartin has
continued to focus on Rhode Islanders’ safety and security. Peter has strongly advocated for longer
prison sentences and stiffer penalties for criminals. He successfully changed the state’s “Good
Time” law, prohibiting those who commit heinous crimes against children to earn
time off for good behavior while incarcerated.
He has advocated for stronger and stiffer sentences for people who
illegally possess and use firearms, as well as those who engage in gang
Attorney General Kilmartin has established specialized
prosecution units that focus on specific crimes and victims. The office is active in the Veteran’s Court,with setting the goal of successfully rehabilitating veterans by diverting them
from the traditional criminal justice system and providing them the tools they
will need to lead a productive, law-abiding life. In addition, Attorney General Kilmartin
established a Child Abuse Unit, led by prosecutors, victim advocates and
support staff, all trained to handle the emotional and psychological effects
associated with physical and sexual abuse of children.
Peter led the way to bring greater transparency to
government, which led to the first major update to the state’s Access to Public
Records Act in more than 15 years. In
addition, Peter has filed multiple lawsuits against public bodies for violating
the state’s public access laws.
Kilmartin serves in several leadership positions with the
National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), including liaison to the
International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), vice-chair for the Eastern
Region, co-chair for NAAG’s Criminal Law Committee and serves on the Law
Enforcement and Prosecutorial Relations Working Group and Veterans Affairs
Peter’s leadership role with NAAG led to the IAP hosting its
North American and Caribbean conference in Providence, where top law
enforcement officials discussed strategies to combat human trafficking,
intellectual property theft, cybercrime, and weapons and drug trafficking.
Peter and his wife, Kristine, have been married for 16 years
and are actively involved in the community. Together, they founded the
Pawtucket Arts Festival, 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.