Governor's Council

Governor's Council

The Governor's Council provides advice and consent on gubernatorial appointments, pardons and commutations, and warrants for the state treasury.


Who we serve

The Massachusetts Governor's Council, also known as the Executive Council, is composed of eight individuals elected from districts, and the Lieutenant Governor who serves ex officio. The eight councillors are elected from their respective districts every two years. The Council meets weekly to record advice and consent on warrants for the state treasury, pardons and commutations, and recording advice and consent to gubernatorial appointments such as judges, clerk-magistrates, public administrators, members of the Parole BoardAppellate Tax BoardIndustrial Accident Board and Industrial Accident Reviewing Boardnotaries, and justices of the peace.

Members of the public are welcome at Council formal assemblies and hearings.

Formal Assembly

The Council generally meets at noon on Wednesdays in the Council Chamber, Room 360 (within the Governor’s Office).

The next Council Assembly is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Nominations Pending

Atty. Steven D. Power, Associate Justice of the Westborough District Court.
Hearing: January 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Atty. Janice W. Howe, Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
Hearing: January 17, 2018 at 1:30 p.m.

Atty. Thomasina Y. Johnson, Associate Justice of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.
Hearing: January 24, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Atty. Susan E. Sullivan, Associate Justice of the Superior Court.
Hearing: January 31, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Atty. Paul M. Sushchyk, Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court (Circuit).

Hearing: January 24, 2018 at 1 p.m.




Administrative Office

George Cronin, Administrative Secretary
Valerie McCarthy, Executive Secretary
Sonia Altamirano, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 617-725-4016


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