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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Deval L. Patrick

Current job: Governor of Massachusetts.

Credentials: Former assistant attorney general for the Justice Department's civil rights division; former civil rights lawyer in private practice; former general counsel at Coca-Cola.

What he offers: Patrick met Obama when both worked as civil rights lawyers in the 1990s. Among other cases, Patrick led a massive criminal investigation of church burnings. He also advised Texaco on compliance with employment laws.

Vetting: Patrick drew attention for encouraging the Justice Department to switch positions in an employment discrimination case filed by a white woman who had met with support from George H.W. Bush's administration. He also served on the board of directors of Ameriquest, a defunct subprime mortgage company that paid $325 million to settle state predatory-lending claims without admitting fault.

Quote: "Change is not always comfortable or convenient or welcome," Patrick said in his 2007 inaugural address. "But it is what we hoped for, what we have worked for, what you voted for and what you shall have."

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