Marian T. Ryan named Middlesex DA by Governor Deval Patrick; will hold office until 2014 election

Marian T. Ryan will lead the Middlesex district attorney’s office.
Marian T. Ryan will lead the Middlesex district attorney’s office.

Governor Deval Patrick today turned to a woman with more than 30 years of experience in the Middlesex district attorney’s office, but no political background, to serve as the county’s new district attorney.

Marian T. Ryan, who was most recently general counsel in the office, will serve as district attorney for the state’s largest county, filling a vacancy created by the resignation of Gerard T. Leone Jr., who joined a private law firm earlier this month.

In a press release from the governor’s office, Ryan did not say if she intended to run for a full four-year term in the office when an election is held for the seat in fall 2014.

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“Marian brings a great wealth of experience as a prosecutor generally and in the Middlesex County DA’s office in particular,” Patrick said in a statement. “I am confident she brings the rigor, tenacity, integrity and compassion to take an already strong team to even greater heights.”

Patrick’s office said Ryan, during her 34 years in the office, has tried hundreds of cases in district and superior courts and argued more than 40 cases in the state appeals court and the Supreme Judicial Court.

A graduate of Emmanuel College and Boston College Law School, she lives in Belmont with her husband and has two children. She currently teaches at Lasell College.

“I am humbled by the responsibility which the governor has entrusted to me,” Ryan said in a statement issued by Patrick’s office. “I am thrilled to be leading the office where I have spent my entire professional career and I look forward to continuing its long tradition of excellence.”

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