State Representative for the Ninth Suffolk District and Assistant Majority Leader Byron Rushing endorsed Steve Tompkins for reelection as Suffolk County Sheriff. 

"I have been impressed with Sheriff Steve Tompkins and his approach to care, custody, and control for our inmate population. It is important to have the goals that the incarcerated population leaves the system better prepared to be contributing members of communities," said Rushing.

“There are few people in elected office who have the length and breadth of service that Representative Byron Rushing has," said Sheriff Tompkins. "Civil and human rights champion, health care reform activist, transportation advocate, arts supporter, historian and, of course, Assistant Majority Leader are just a small few of the many hats that Representative Rushing has worn with distinction, and I am honored to have his support for my return to office as the Sheriff of Suffolk County." 

Appointed to the position in 2013, Sheriff Tompkins won election in 2014 as a first-time candidate with over 83% of the vote. As the Sheriff of Suffolk County, Tompkins manages all operations at the Suffolk County House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division. In addition to providing care, custody and rehabilitative support for inmates and pretrial detainees, Tompkins also oversees a management, security, and administrative staff of over 1,000. Sheriff Tompkins holds a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Boston College and a Master's Degree in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.