Governor's Council

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

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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 (TBD).


To view Council Assembly click on the link below:



Nominations Pending:

Atty. Robert W. Harnais, Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit).

(Hearing rescheduled:  October 14, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.)  

Atty. Joanna Rodriguez, Associate Justice of the Juvenile Court.

(Hearing:  September 30, 2020 - 12:45 p.m.)

Atty. Marguerite T. Grant, Associate Justice of the Appeals Court.

(Hearing:  October 7, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.)

Atty. Kimberly Moses Smith, Associate Justice of the Probate and Family Court.

(Hearing:  October 7, 2020 - 1:00 p.m.)

Atty. Stephen B. Geary, Associate Justice of the Lowell District Court.

(Hearing:  TBD)

Atty. Susan H. McNeil, Associate Justice of the Lawrence District Court.

(Hearing:  TBD)




Administrative Office



Valerie McCarthy, Administrative Secretary
Sonia Altamirano, Executive Assistant

Adam Costa, Program Coordinator

Phone: 617-725-4016