Workers’ rights lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan, a 2020 Markey challenger, enters race for AG

Liss-Riordan planned a campaign launch at Iron Workers Local 7 Hall in Boston on Tuesday.

Shannon Liss-Riordan speaks during a protest in front of the River Street Whole Foods Market in Cambridge in July of 2020. Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe

Shannon Liss-Riordan:

BOSTON (AP) — Workers’ rights lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan announced Tuesday that she will run for Massachusetts attorney general.

Liss-Riordan, a Democrat from Brookline, is bidding to replace Democratic Attorney General Maura Healey, who is running for governor.

She planned a campaign launch at Iron Workers Local 7 Hall in Boston on Tuesday.

Liss-Riordan, who unsuccessfully challenged Edward Markey for the U.S. Senate in 2020, has spent her legal career representing workers who said they have been taken advantage of by their employers, including wait staff, truck drivers, and firefighters.

She has taken on several corporate giants, including Starbucks, Uber and Whole Foods Market. She also represented Black Boston police officers who claimed the city police department’s promotion exam was discriminatory.


“Shannon is uniquely qualified to serve as Massachusetts Attorney General,” her announcement said. “She regularly collaborates with the current Attorney General’s office, and she understands the complexities of running the people’s law firm.”

Others are expected to enter the race.


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