As a native Rhode Islander, Peter F. Kilmartin grew up in the city of Pawtucket and attended neighborhood public schools. Peter’s mother and father taught him, as well as his three brothers, the importance of honesty, community, and hard-work at an early age.
After graduating from Tolman High School and attending college, Peter decided that he wanted to protect the community where he grew up. In 1984, he enrolled in the police academy and for 24 years served his community as a member of the Pawtucket Police Department – starting as an officer on patrol, working his way up to becoming the officer in charge of prosecutions and retiring as a Captain. During his tenure on the police force, Peter never hesitated to go after colleagues and friends when they violated the public trust.
While working as a police officer, Kilmartin went to law school and decided that he didn’t just want to protect the public – he wanted to be their advocate. In anticipation of his candidacy for public office, Peter asked for an Advisory Opinion from the Ethics Commission. Receiving a positive response from the Ethics Commission, Peter ran for state representative and has fought to further the protection of Rhode Islanders for nearly 20 years.
In serving Rhode Island as a state representative, Kilmartin has helped pass laws to protect children from predators, create a witness protection program, stop texting while driving, keep alcohol out of cars, put an end to pension abuses, and make mortgage companies that take people’s homes pay property taxes like the rest of us.
Recognizing his devotion to fighting for the protection of every day Rhode Islanders, Peter has received several public service awards from a wide-array of groups, including: Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), After-School Alliance Plus, Justice Assistance, the Boys and Girls Club, Gateway Health Care, and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.
Peter and his wife, Kristine, have been married for nearly 13 years and are actively involved in the community. Together, they founded the Pawtucket Arts Festival in 1999, which draws thousands of people from all across Southern New England to Pawtucket every year – serving as an economic and cultural boon to the Rhode Island economy.
With a groundswell of support from across the Ocean State, Peter decided to run for Attorney General in February 2010. When he is elected as the next Attorney General of Rhode Island, Peter will go to work every day focused on three priorities: enhancing the economic security of Rhode Island, protecting the public safety of Ocean State communities, and restoring the public trust in state government.
As Attorney General, Peter will pursue criminals in the streets, in the board rooms and under the dome. Regardless of whether a crime is committed by a policeman, politician, judge accountant, doctor, contractor, or common thug – he will ensure that any and all perpetrators are prosecuted without fear or favor.