Cheryl Coakley-Rivera
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Cheryl Coakley-Rivera

Democrat

American politician

Springfield, Massachusetts
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Cheryl Coakley-Rivera

American politician
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57
Years of Age
16
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MAResidence (state)

Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera (previously Cheryl A. Rivera) is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. A Democrat, she served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014. In the legislature, she represented the Tenth Hampden district, centered on her hometown of Springfield. She is chaired the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development.She is an attorney and earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Western New England College School of Law in 1995. She had previously earned a BA at Northeastern University. In 1998, following the death of Anthony M. Scibelli, who had held the seat for 40 years, Coakley-Rivera ran successfully for the House of Representatives, becoming the first Hispanic woman elected to the Massachusetts legislature. She took office the following January and has been re-elected biennially ever since, taking 85% of the vote in 2008. She resigned in 2014 to accept an appointment as assistant clerk of the Hampden County Superior Court.She was previously known as Cheryl A. Rivera. In March 2006, she changed her name in honor of her mother, Barbara Coakley Rivera, who had died the previous year. Her sister and nephew similarly changed their names.

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Experience

Education

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Western New England School of Law
JD
1995
Northeastern University
BA
1988

Past Positions

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Representative
Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives
1998 - 2014
Member
Democratic State Committee, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
1999
Assistant Clerk
Hampden County Superior Court Clerk's Office
2014 - Current
Experience
Attorney

Other Experience

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Member
Massachusetts Association of Hispanic Attorneys
Member
Hampden County Bar Association
Chair
Springfield Park Commission
1988 - 2000
Member
Springfield Planning Board
1999 - 2000
Co-Founder
Latino Caucus
Member
Womens Caucus, Commonwealth of Massachusetts