After spending more than a decade on Beacon Hill representing the 10th Middlesex District, Peter J. Koutoujian was appointed Middlesex Sheriff on January 14, 2011 by Governor Deval Patrick.As Representative, Koutoujian held several leadership positions, including Chairman of the Joint Committee on Financial Services, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Health and Chairman of the Commission to End Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities.
He was instrumental in crafting the historic universal health insurance reform law, the statewide workplace smoking ban and legislation about new school nutrition guidelines. A staunch public safety advocate, Koutoujian led efforts for victims rights and suicide prevention.
A lawyer by trade, Sheriff Koutoujian served as a Middlesex County prosecutor before being elected to the Massachusetts Legislature in 1996. He has worked as an adjunct professor of Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal Ethics at the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, and taught a course on American Government at Bentley University in Waltham. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston University School of Public Health and Northeastern University.
Sheriff Koutoujian earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in psychology from Bridgewater State College and earned his Juris Doctor from the New England School of Law. He also earned a Masters Degree in Public Affairs from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Sheriff Koutoujian is a lifelong resident of Waltham, where he serves on the boards of several local organizations, including the West Suburban Samaritans, Waltham Boys & Girls Club, Newton Boys & Girls Club, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence and the
Newton Community Service Center.