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, July 28, 2021 at 12 noon.

To view Council Assembly click on the link below:

Nominations Pending:

Sergio Carvajal to the position of Associate Justice of the Housing Court.

Hearing:  Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.  Rescheduled:  Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m.

James Budreau to the position of Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

Hearing:  Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Sherquita HoSang as a member of the Parole Board to a term expiring on Sept. 14, 2025.

Hearing:  Wednesday, July 21, 2021 at 1:15 p.m.

Rachel E. Hershfang to the position of Associate Justice of the Appeals Court.

Hearing:  Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 1:30 p.m.

Asha Z. White to the position of Associate Justice of the District Court (Circuit).

Hearing:  Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m.


Administrative Office

Valerie McCarthy, Administrative Secretary
Sonia Altamirano, Executive Assistant

Adam Costa, Program Coordinator

Phone: 617-725-4016