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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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.

To view the livestream of the Governor’s Council Assembly or Hearings click on the link below: 

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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, July 13, 2022, at 12 noon in Room 360, Council Chamber.


Atty. Kimberly M. Foster, Associate Justice of the District Court.

Hearing rescheduled:  June 29, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

Atty. Erica Colombo, Clerk-Magistrate of the Malden District Court.

Hearing:  June 29, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

Colette M. Santa, Member, Parole Board, to a term expiring on March 8, 2027, reappointment.

Hearing rescheduled:  July 13, 2022, at 9:30 a.m. 

Atty. Claudine A. Cloutier, Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

Hearing:  July 13, 2022, at 11:00 a.m.

Atty. Mary Beth Ogulewicz, Associate Justice of the District Court.

Hearing:  July 20, 2022, at 10:45 a.m.

Atty. Christopher N. Henry, Associate Justice of the District Court.

Hearing:  July 20, 2022, at 1:00 p.m.

Atty. Jason Yu-Ting Chan, Associate Justice of the District Court.

Hearing:  July 13, 2022, at 3:00 p.m.

Atty. Nicole A. Colby Longton, Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit)

Hearing:  TBA



Administrative Office

Valerie McCarthy, Administrative Secretary
Sonia Altamirano, Executive Assistant

Aaron Thomas, Program Coordinator

Phone: 617-725-4016