Deb Goldberg

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Deb Goldberg
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58th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 21, 2015
Governor Charlie Baker
Preceded by Steve Grossman
Personal details
Born (1954-05-11) May 11, 1954 (age 62)
Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Michael Winter
Children 2
Education Boston University (BA)
Boston College (JD)
Harvard University (MBA)
Website Campaign website

Deborah "Deb" Goldberg (born May 11, 1954) is the Treasurer of Massachusetts, serving since January 2015. She was a member of the Board of Selectmen for the town of Brookline, Massachusetts from 1998 to 2004, serving the last two terms as chairman. Goldberg was a candidate in the 2006 Massachusetts Democratic primary election for Lieutenant Governor.

Goldberg's family immigrated to Massachusetts and opened a grocery store in Boston's North End in 1892. The family opened additional stores and their business grew into what eventually became Stop & Shop, the largest supermarket chain in New England.

Personal life[edit]

Goldberg was raised in Brookline and graduated from Boston University (B.A., '75), Boston College Law School (J.D., '83),[1] and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., '85).[2] She is married to Michael Winter, with whom she has two children.

Political career[edit]

2006 Campaign for Lt. Governor[edit]

Goldberg (center right) at a debate with Andrea Silbert, Sam Kelly and Tim Murray

In the 2006 Democratic Primary, Goldberg finished second in a three-way race to then-Worcester Mayor Tim Murray with 33% of the vote.

She received the endorsement of the Boston Herald, but failed to win the endorsement of her hometown newspaper, the Brookline Tab, because, they claimed, she had "been taking too much credit" for the town's accomplishments and had "over inflate(d) the chairman's job".[3] The strongly worded rebuke resulted in a vocal reader response[4] and a separate endorsement[5] from Stan Spiegel, a Brookline Tab columnist and Brookline Town Meeting member.

2014 Campaign for Treasurer[edit]

On February 27, 2014, Goldberg formally announced her candidacy for State Treasurer.[6] At the Massachusetts Democratic Convention, she was the top vote-getter in the race for Treasurer, winning 38.9% of the vote.[7] Goldberg was the first to release a televised advertisement in the race on August 4, 2014.[8] Goldberg was seated as Treasurer January 21, 2015.

Other work[edit]

Prior to becoming Treasurer, Goldberg served as president of the board of directors of Adoptions with Love,[9] was an Advisory Board member of the Greater Boston Food Bank, is a Commissioner on the Town of Brookline's Neighborhood Conservation District Commission, was Senate President Therese Murray's appointee to the Treasurer's Commonwealth Covenant Fund, and sat on the advisory board of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government at Harvard Kennedy School.[10]


In November 2014, it was reported that Goldberg had admonished an employee of Adoptions with Love for seeking employment with the State Treasurer's office without first informing her current employer of her job seeking plans. Goldberg came to this knowledge in her official capacity as Treasurer-elect, and her actions were seen as a breach of ethics.[11][12][13]

Electoral history[edit]

Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Democratic Primary Election, 2006
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Timothy Murray 351,951 42.6
Democratic Deborah Goldberg 280,661 34.0
Democratic Andrea Silbert 192,165 23.3
Democratic Write-ins 1,602 0.2
Massachusetts Treasurer & Receiver-General Democratic Primary Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deborah Goldberg 202,819 42.7
Democratic Barry Finegold 149,470 31.4
Democratic Thomas Conroy 122,198 25.7
Democratic Write-ins 848 0.2
Massachusetts Treasurer & Receiver-General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Deborah Goldberg 1,120,192 55.1
Republican Michael James Heffernan 828,894 40.8
Green-Rainbow Ian Jackson 81,907 4.0
Write-ins Write-ins 1,665 0.1


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Political offices
Preceded by
Steve Grossman
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts