Thomas M. Quinn III is the District Attorney of Bristol County, serving as chief prosecutor of all crimes that occur in the county’s 20 cities and towns. He was appointed to the position by Governors Patrick and Baker In 2015. His appointment received widespread support from the community who cited his 25+ years of experience in the justice system, including eight years as First Assistant District Attorney and his commitment to the community as a lifelong resident of Bristol County. Since his appointment in 2015, DA Quinn has been elected twice by the citizens of Bristol County.
District Attorney Quinn has already outlined and advanced several top priorities of his administration which include the prevention of elder abuse and domestic violence and supporting positive programming for at-risk youth. Additionally, he increased the use of dangerousness hearings to keep dangerous criminals off the county’s streets and has continued the office’s approach to aggressively and appropriately prosecuting gun violence, gang, and drug-related cases. When he is not overseeing criminal matters, he focuses on crime prevention by educating people on various issues, and by encouraging youth to stay involved in positive activities.
Born in New Bedford, he grew up in Dartmouth and is a 1978 Dartmouth High graduate. He went on to the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, and then Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is a parishioner at Holy Name Parish in Fall River and is a member of the Holy Name Parish Finance Council. He served on the Bishop Connolly High School Board of Trustees, and was a mentor at the Nativity Preparatory School in New Bedford where he is currently a member of the Board of Trustees. He was also the former President of the Milliken Silva Basketball league in Fall River.
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