JONATHAN W. BLODGETT
ESSEX DISTRICT ATTORNEY
Essex District Attorney Jonathan W. Blodgett was re-elected to his fourth term in November of 2014. Since he first took office in January of 2003, District Attorney Blodgett has been a leader in confronting a range of issues including the heroin and OxyContin epidemic, domestic violence, underage drinking, and gun violence, both through prosecution and partnerships with schools, police, and community leaders.
District Attorney Blodgett has an innovative and effective approach to fighting crime. Under his leadership, the office has a 95% conviction rate for serious felonies. He has instituted drug diversion programs and expanded juvenile and youthful diversion programs throughout the county. He instituted a special gun court in Lynn which has eliminated the backlog of gun-related cases in Lynn. His office has developed numerous prevention programs and brochures on Internet safety, bullying, underage drinking, drugs, teen dating violence, domestic violence and elder abuse. In addition, his office has expanded community partnerships to address senior citizen safety and domestic violence.
Throughout his service as Essex District Attorney, his efforts to hold criminals accountable for their actions, to provide support and service to victims of crime and to enhance public safety have been acknowledged and recognized.
- In 2004, he received the “Fraud Fighter of the Year” award from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners in recognition for his aggressive prosecution of perpetrators of auto insurance fraud in the city of Lawrence.
- In 2005, Governor Mitt Romney appointed District Attorney Blodgett to the state’s Victim Witness and Assistance Board. He is still a member of the Board of the Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance.
- In 2006, his “Choose to Refuse: A Heroin and OxyContin Prevention Education Program” won an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Executive Office of Public Safety and he was elected President of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association.
- In 2007, he was recognized as a community partner by HAWC, a local domestic violence agency.
- In 2008, he and Attorney General Martha Coakley co-chaired the Governor’s Anti Crime Council’s Urban Violence Committee.
- In 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law a bill sponsored by District Attorney Blodgett increasing penalties for repeat domestic violence offenders.
- In 2010, District Attorney Blodgett was elected to the National District Attorneys Association Board of Directors. He was also chosen to chair the American Bar Association's Problems of the Elderly Committee which is part of their Criminal Justice Section.
- In 2012, he was elected to serve as a Vice President of the National District Attorneys Association.
- In 2013, he was elected to serve as President of the Massachusetts District Attorneys Association. He is also the D.A.'s liaison to the state Adult Drug Court Advisory Committee.
- In 2014, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals and was selected to serve on the Executive Committee of the National District Attorneys Association. He was also named one of America’s top ten animal defenders by the Animal Rights Defense League.
Prior to taking office, District Attorney Blodgett spent 15 years in private practice as a partner in a Peabody law firm, and served as an assistant district attorney in Essex County. A member of both the Peabody High School Distinguished Career, and Athletic Hall of Fame, he received the Pride of Peabody Award from his hometown in 2004. District Attorney Blodgett is a 1976 graduate of Princeton University and earned his law degree from Suffolk University in 1983. District Attorney Blodgett lives in Peabody with his wife, Judy. They have three children and two grandchildren.