Patrick Administration Installs Registrar Kaprielian

(Boston, MA) - Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen today administered the oath of office to Rachel Kaprielian, a former State Representative who becomes the 17th Registrar to head the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.

"I am pleased to welcome Rachel to her new position," said Transportation Secretary Bernard Cohen. "I look forward to working closely with her to ensure the Registry is providing the highest level of customer service to millions of the Commonwealth's citizens. Her wide ranging legislative, legal, and public policy experience is a perfect fit for the very significant responsibilities of the Registrar."

Kaprielian was a highly respected State Representative serving in her seventh term representing Watertown and part of Cambridge when Governor Patrick appointed her to lead the 800 employees of the RMV. Known as a leader in smart and consumer-friendly policy change, Kaprielian has advocated for a number of issues including municipal and regional betterment, anti-tobacco policies and initiatives, early intervention and care for children, pension reform and job training.

"I am honored by the Governor's appointment and am excited about this new opportunity to serve the citizens of the Commonwealth," says Kaprielian. "What I bring to the RMV is 14 years of experience and lessons I've learned as a public servant who was devoted to constituent services. For me it's a natural extension to make the commitment to providing quality customer service."

Most recently, Kaprielian led efforts on reform to allow cities and towns to join the state's Group Insurance Commission (GIC) to help ease the burden of health insurance costs for municipalities. She also led the passage of legislation that requires cigarette companies to sell only "fire-safe" cigarettes in Massachusetts.

Kaprielian, a Watertown resident, graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in 1990, and went on to earn a law degree from Suffolk University in 2000 and a master degree in public administration from Harvard University in 2003.

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