William F. Galvin
|27th Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth|
January 1, 1995
Jane Swift (acting)
|Preceded by||Michael Connolly|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 19th Suffolk district
January 1979 – January 1991
|Preceded by||Paul White|
|Succeeded by||Susan Tracy|
|Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 27th Suffolk district
January 1975 – January 1979
|Preceded by||Michael Daly|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Born|| September 17, 1950
Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Alma mater||Boston College
Early life and career
Galvin was born and raised in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts while attending Boston public schools. He attended Boston College and graduated cum laude in 1972. He received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School in 1975.
He began his political career in 1972 as an aide to the Massachusetts Governor's Council after graduating from Boston College, thanks to his connection with councilor Herb Connolly, whom Galvin had campaigned for. Galvin worked part-time at the Council while attending Suffolk Law School full-time. Galvin won a special election to the open seat in the Massachusetts General Court in 1975, after State Representative Michael Daly departed from office; the race had nine candidates. Galvin became as Massachusetts state representative from the Allston-Brighton district, the same year he graduated from law school. He was the Democratic nominee for Treasurer in 1990, but was defeated by Republican Joe Malone. He was first elected Secretary of the Commonwealth in 1994.
Galvin has been an active participant in the National Association of Secretaries of State, serving first as Chairman of the Standing Committee on Securities, then as Co-Chairman of the Committee on Presidential Primaries.
At one point during the administration of Gov. Mitt Romney and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey, Galvin became the Acting Governor of Massachusetts when both Romney and Healey were out of the state. During the administration of former Acting Governor Jane Swift, Galvin automatically became Acting Governor whenever Swift left the state, since there was no lieutenant governor in office at the time. When Swift gave birth to twins in 2001, she chose to keep full executive authority and did not hand over the governorship at any point to Galvin.
While it had been widely rumored that Galvin would run for Governor of Massachusetts in 2006 as a Democrat, he announced at the end of 2005 that he will instead seek reelection as Secretary of State. Voting rights advocate John Bonifaz had already declared that he would run for the office, and stayed in the race to challenge Galvin for re-election. However, Galvin defeated Bonifaz in the September 19 Democratic primary. Galvin defeated Green-Rainbow Party candidate Jill Stein, a medical doctor and environmental health advocate who ran for Governor in 2002, in the November general election.
The Democratic primary race received relatively little attention or press coverage for most of 2006, but in the last few weeks before election, a controversy over Galvin's refusal to debate his opponent broke into the news with a front page story in the Boston Sunday Globe. This is the first time a front page story appeared about this race in any major Boston paper.
2008 UOCAVA violation settlement with Department of Justice
Galvin, as the Massachusetts' Secretary of State, was found to have violated the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act passed in 2002. The Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth, since the law had been enacted, had failed to report and collect the number sent and the number returned of absentee ballots from overseas Military personnel registered to vote in Massachusetts. After an investigation by the US Justice Department, a settlement was reached, requiring Galvin to comply with the law. The law requires each state (or commonwealth) to report on the ballots no later than 90 days after the date of each regularly scheduled general election for federal office. Each state must also make such a report available to the general public. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division enforces the UOCAVA and the Voting Rights Act.
Lawsuit against stockbroker Robert Jaffe
On January 14, 2009, Galvin filed suit against Robert Jaffe to compel Jaffe to testify about his role in the Bernard Madoff investment scandal. Jaffe, who lives in Weston, Massachusetts and in Florida, counters that he is actually one of the victims of Madoff. Jaffe is married to Ellen Shapiro, daughter of Boston philanthropist Carl Shapiro. Jaffe reportedly convinced the elder Shapiro to invest $250 million with Madoff about 10 days before Madoff's arrest.
Galvin resides in Brighton, Massachusetts with his wife, Eileen, and their daughter, Bridget. He owns a vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee, in New Hampshire.
- Gitell, Seth (March 8, 2001). "Waiting in the wings: If Jane Swift needs even a little time off after giving birth to twins, the secretary of state is ready, willing, and — most bet — eager to become acting governor". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved February 1, 2012.
- Justice Department Reaches Settlement with Massachusetts Secretary of State for Noncompliance with Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act Press Release. (October 22, 2008) United States Department of Justice
- "William Galvin Sues Salesman Robert Jaffe -- Demands Testimony", Boston Herald (January 15, 2009)
- "Connection to Bernard Madoff Made Robert Jaffe a 'Superstar'", Palm Beach Daily News (December 21, 2008)
- Beth Healy, "Madoff Associate Jaffe Skips State Hearing", Boston Globe (January 14, 2009)
- Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth official page
- Bill Galvin campaign web site
- William F. Galvin collected news and commentary at The New York Times
- Video of TV interview with Galvin - "Meet Democratic Secretary Of State Candidates" on WCVB-TV Channel 5 Boston
- McMorrow, Paul (January 11, 2012). "Historical roadblock: A standoff over the development of land in Freetown casts a spotlight on a little-known agency with an outsized role over development in Massachusetts". Commonwealth Magazine.
|Lines of succession|
as Lieutenant Governor
|2nd in line
as Secretary of the Commonwealth
as Attorney General