Ryan, who represents Boston's Second Suffolk District that includes Charlestown and parts of Chelsea, made the announcement of his support to Tompkins on Monday.
"Sheriff Tompkins and I share the same priorities for public safety in Chelsea and Charlestown," Ryan said in a statement. "As the founding co-chair of the Charlestown Substance Abuse Coalition, I know the importance of increasing resources to address substance abuse and detox. As a former teen center director at the Charlestown Boys & Girls Club, I saw the impact of youth education and programming in keeping teens off the streets and out of trouble. Sheriff Tompkins champions these issues every day as Sheriff."
Tompkins has been a member of the Suffolk County Sheriff's Department since 2002 and was appointed to serve as Sheriff on Jan. 22, 2013, by Gov. Deval Patrick. He oversees operations at the Suffolk House of Correction, the Nashua Street Jail and the Civil Process Division, and oversees a management, security and administrative staff of more than 1,000.
"Dan Ryan is a leader who knows how to deliver for his constituents in Chelsea and Charlestown," Tompkins said in a statement. "From running a teen center, to heading up multiple non-profit organizations, to serving as Congressman Capuano’s district representative for these two communities, he has a proven record of getting things done. I am proud to have earned his support and endorsement."