Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has nominated former state Sen. Cheryl Jacques to serve as an administrative judge with the Department of Industrial Accidents.
The Needham Democrat was the state’s first openly gay lawmaker. She also successfully pushed for an assault weapons ban.
After an unsuccessful run for Congress following the death of Rep. Joe Moakley, Jacques served as president of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, a national gay rights organization.
She left the group after 11 months following its failure to defeat gay marriage referendums in 11 states during the 2004 mid-term elections.
She now serves as counsel with the law firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins & Kesten.
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