Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Citizens' Guide to State Services

Published by
William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
Citizen Information Service

Constitutional Officers: Governor's Council

C19 Governor's Council
State House, Room 184
Boston, MA 02133
Tel: 617-725-4015, 4016
Fax: 617-727-6610
www.mass.gov/gov

The Governor's Council (also called the Executive Council) is composed of the Lieutenant Governor and eight councilors elected from councillor districts for a two-year term. It has the constitutional power to approve judicial appointments and pardons, to authorize expenditures from the Treasury, to approve the appointment of constitutional officers if a vacancy occurs when the legislature is not in session, and to compile and certify the results of statewide elections. It also approves the appointments of notaries public and justices of the peace, for an application send a self addressed stamped envelope with a short written request to the address above.


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