Executive Orders

Here we have collected Massachusetts Executive Orders since 1941. While prior governors may have issued informal orders, Gov. Saltonstall in 1941 was the first to issue organized, numbered, orders. Executive Orders are issued by the governor under various constitutional powers. While some may be largely ceremonial, others are "substantive instruments with the force of law."

Massachusetts Executive Orders by Subject

Alphabetical index of Executive Orders by Subject

Massachusetts Executive Orders First Series

Dates
1941-1949

Governors
Saltonstall, Tobin, Bradford

Massachusetts Executive Orders 1-49

Dates
1950-1966 

Governors
Dever, Herter, Furcolo, Volpe, Peabody

Massachusetts Executive Orders 50-99

Dates
1966-1973

Governors 
Volpe, Sargent

Massachusetts Executive Orders 100-149

Dates
1973-1978 

Governors
Sargent, Dukakis

Massachusetts Executive Orders 150-199

Dates
1978-1981

Governors
Dukakis, King

Massachusetts Executive Orders 200-249

Dates
1981-1985

Governors
King, Dukakis

Massachusetts Executive Orders 250-299

Dates
1985-1991

Governors
Dukakis, Weld

Massachusetts Executive Orders 300-349

Dates
1991-1993

Governor
Weld

Massachusetts Executive Orders 350-399

Dates
1993-1997

Governors
Weld, Cellucci

Massachusetts Executive Orders 400-449

Dates
1997-2003

Governors
Cellucci, Swift, Romney

Massachusetts Executive Orders 450-499

Dates
2003-2008

Governors
Romney, Patrick

Massachusetts Executive Orders 500-549

Dates
2008-2014

Governor
Patrick

Massachusetts Executive Orders 550-date

Dates
2014-

Governors
Patrick, Baker

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