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Ralph C. Martin II
The son of a New York City police officer, Martin began his legal career in 1983 as a prosecutor in the Office of the District Attorney of Middlesex
County after graduating from Boston College Law School. In 1985, he joined the Office of the United States Attorney for Massachusetts as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 1992, he was appointed by Governor William Weld to complete the unexpired term of District Attorney of Suffolk County, thereby becoming the first African American District Attorney in the history of Massachusetts. In 1994 and again in 1998, he was returned to office after a general election. He is now a partner in the Boston law firm of Bingham Dana LLP.