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, December 20, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.

Nominations Pending


Atty. William J. Ritter, Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

Hearing: December 13, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.


Atty. Janine D. Rivers, Associate Justice, Suffolk Probate & Family Court.

Hearing: December 13, 2017 at 1:30 p.m.


Atty. David W. Griffin, Associate Justice of the Essex County Juvenile Court.

Hearing: December 20, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.


Atty. Jane E. Mulqueen, Associate Justice of the Superior Court.

Hearing: January 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.


Atty. Steven D. Power, Associate Justice of the Westborough District Court.

Hearing: January 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.

Tonomey A. Coleman, Member of the Parole Board, reappointment.
Hearing: TBA


Atty. Thomasina Y. Johnson, Associate Justice of the Suffolk County Juvenile Court.

Hearing: TBA


Administrative Office

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


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