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“By working together as a community we can fight the opioid epidemic, prevent crime before it starts, and keep our neighborhoods safe.”
—Joe Early, Jr.

Joe Early, Jr. was first elected as Worcester County District Attorney on November 7th, 2006 in a sweeping victory. Since then, he has been a proud leader in Worcester County helping to reduce crime and battling the opioid epidemic head on. Under Joe’s leadership, the Office of the District Attorney has made great strides in crime prevention and community engagement to stop crime before it starts.

A Worcester native, Joe is the oldest of eight children born to former U.S. Representative Joe Early, Sr. and Marilyn (Powers) Early. He graduated from Holy Name High School, Williston Northampton School, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Georgetown University Law Center. After law school, Joe served as an Assistant District Attorney of Hampden County from 1985 to 1988 before spending two years in the trial division of the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Joe worked in private practice from 1990 to 2006, specializing in civil and criminal litigation, as well as serving as a Special Assistant Attorney General.

Public service is a tradition in the Early family. Joe’s late father, Joe Early, Sr., served over ten years in the Massachusetts Legislature and nearly twenty years representing the Massachusetts 3rd District in the U. S. House of Representatives. Remembering his father’s commitment to helping others inspired Joe to make his first successful run for Worcester District Attorney in 2006.

“Not a week or day goes by where someone doesn’t talk about how my father had helped their family navigate the maze of government or access vital government services making their lives better,” Joe says. “As District Attorney, I have made a commitment to serve Worcester County, fighting for every resident. I believe working together as a community we can fight the opioid epidemic, prevent crime before it starts and keep our neighborhoods safe.”

Joe lives in the city of Worcester with his wife Judy and their five children.

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