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.

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, February 2, 2022, at 12 noon. 

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Thomas E. Koonce for commutation

Hearing:  January 26, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., Rm. 157, State House.

William Allen for commutation

Hearing:  February 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., Rm. 157, State House.

Atty. Sheila C. Harrington to the position of Clerk-Magistrate of the Gardner District Court.

Hearing:  Wednesday, February 9, 2022, at 10:00 a.m., Rm. 157, State House.

Atty. Karin M. Bell to the position of Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

Hearing:  February 16, 2022, at 1:00 p.m., Rm. 157, State House.


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Administrative Office

Valerie McCarthy, Administrative Secretary
Sonia Altamirano, Executive Assistant

Aaron Thomas, Program Coordinator

Phone: 617-725-4016