Peter Neronha

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Peter Neronha
74th Attorney General of Rhode Island
Assumed office
January 1, 2019
GovernorGina Raimondo
Preceded byPeter Kilmartin
United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island
In office
September 16, 2009 – March 10, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byRobert Clark Corrente
Succeeded byAaron L. Weisman
Personal details
Born (1963-12-17) December 17, 1963 (age 55)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationBoston College (BA, JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Peter F. Neronha (born December 17, 1963) is an American lawyer and politician from Jamestown, Rhode Island who currently serves as the Attorney General of Rhode Island. He previously served as the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island under President Barack Obama from September 16, 2009 until March 10, 2017, after which he ran successfully as a Democrat for the office of Attorney General of Rhode Island in the 2018 elections.[1][2]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Neronha was a graduate of North Kingstown High School Class of 1981, a summa cum laude graduate of Boston College (1985) and a graduate of Boston College Law School (1989), where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review.

Following his graduation from law school, Neronha joined the Boston, Massachusetts law firm, Goodwin, Procter LLP, where he practiced commercial litigation for nearly seven years. His public service career began with his appointment as a state prosecutor in the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office in 1996. In 2002, Neronha became a federal prosecutor, joining the Rhode Island United States Attorney's Office. In 2009, on the recommendation of United States Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, President Barack Obama appointed Neronha to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island. Neronha's appointment was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate on September 16, 2009.

United States Attorney (2009–2017)[edit]

While serving as United States Attorney, Neronha served two terms on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, a group of sixteen United States Attorneys from across the country that advised the Attorney General of the United States on policy and operational matters affecting the Department of Justice nationwide. He also Co-Chaired the Operations, Management and Budget (OMB) Subcommittee, responsible for reviewing and making recommendations concerning the approximately 2 billion-dollar budget for the entire United States Attorney component of the Department of Justice.

During his nearly eight years as United States Attorney, Neronha made public corruption the top priority of the United States Attorney's Office. Under his direction, the Office prosecuted numerous cases against state and local elected officials, including a city mayor, three town councilmen, a state senator, a state representative, a House of Representatives Finance Chairman and a House Speaker, all of whom were sentenced to federal prison.[3][4]

As United States Attorney, Neronha also prioritized combatting the state's opioid crisis, combining prosecution of major, cartel-linked drug trafficking organizations with prevention initiatives.[5][6] He spoke personally to over 10,000 students at high schools and moderated panels at town halls across the state. He also advocated for a "smart" approach to reducing violent crime by focusing law enforcement resources on those individuals driving violent crime, while working in the community on crime prevention and to help secure employment for people leaving prison. He also prioritized the work of the Office's Civil Division, bringing cases to protect consumers, safeguard public money from waste and abuse, and protect the environment.

Additionally, as United States Attorney, Neronha led an investigation of Google regarding its business practice of assisting off-shore pharmacies unlawfully importing controlled substances, including opioids, into the United States. As a result of that investigation, Google forfeited 500 million dollars, one of the five largest forfeitures in U.S. history, of which 230 million dollars were returned to Rhode Island.[7]

Neronha was one of the U.S. attorneys who was asked to resigned by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the 2017 dismissal of U.S. attorneys.

Attorney General of Rhode Island[edit]



In October 2017, Neronha announced that he would seek the Democratic nomination for the office of Attorney General of Rhode Island. The previous Attorney General, Peter Kilmartin was termed limited.[8] Neronha is the only Democrat running for the office. He ran against independent candidate Charles Picerno and Compassion Party candidate Alan Gordon.[9][10]

Neronha has received the endorsement of the Jamestown Democratic Party.[11]

In the general election Neronha went on to defeat Alan Gordon of the Compassion Party 79.8% to 19.1%.[12]


As Attorney General of Rhode Island, Neronha joined a multi-state lawsuit to challenge the President's National Emergency Concerning the Southern Border of the United States.[13]

He has started a review into the Catholic Diocese of Providence to review sexual abuse claims against the church.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Peter Neronha". Peter Neronha for Attorney General. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. ^ White, Tim (October 3, 2017). "Former US Attorney Neronha announces run for RI attorney general". WPRI. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  3. ^ Mulvaney, Katie. "Rhode Island's U.S. Attorney Neronha ousted by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions". The Providence Journal. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  4. ^ News, AP. "Ex-Rhode Island Speaker Fox pleads guilty to federal charges". Townhall. Associated Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "11 charged in RI heroin trafficking ring". ABC6. ABC6 News. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "CVS Health to pay government $450,000 to settle dispute". Valdosta Daily Times. Associated Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Crimaldi, Laura. "RI to get $230M from $500M Google forfeiture". Associated Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  8. ^ White, Tim (October 3, 2017). "Former US Attorney Neronha announces run for RI attorney general". WPRI. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Gregg, Katherine; Anderson, Patrick. "R.I.'s slate set in state, federal races". The Providence Journal. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Candidates for Attorney General". Rhode Island Secretary of State. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Town Dems endorse congressional incumbents, also back Raimondo | | Jamestown Press". The Jamestown Press. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ " Election Results". Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  13. ^ Winthrop, Christian (March 13, 2019). "Attorney General Neronha Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging President Trump's National Emergency". Newport Buzz. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  14. ^ Associated Press (February 26, 2019). "Attorney general reviews church abuse claims in Rhode Island". WTOP. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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Preceded by
Robert Clark Corrente
U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island
Succeeded by
Stephen Dambruch
Preceded by
Peter Kilmartin
Attorney General of Rhode Island