Attorney General Peter Kilmartin
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 restoring the
public trust in state government resonated with the people of Rhode Island.
native Rhode Islander, Peter grew up in the city of Pawtucket where he
attended the same neighborhood public schools his father Frank taught at.
His mother and father taught him, as well as his three brothers, the
importance of honesty, community and hard work at an early age.
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 24 years, 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 retiring as a
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 nearly 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
Since being elected Attorney General, Kilmartin has continued to
put Rhode Islanders’ safety and security as his number one priority. 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 activity.
Kilmartin has established specialized prosecution units that focus on
specific crimes and victims, including a Veteran’s Court with 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, 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 Committee.
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 15 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.