Jay Gonzalez

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Jay Gonzalez
Jay Gonzalez, 2017 (cropped).jpg
Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts
In office
October 2009 – January 8, 2013
GovernorDeval Patrick
Preceded byLeslie Kirwan
Succeeded byGlen Shor
Personal details
Born (1971-01-08) January 8, 1971 (age 49)
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Cyndi Gonzalez
EducationDartmouth College (BA)
Georgetown University (JD)

Jay M. Gonzalez[1][2] (born January 8, 1971) is an American politician who served as Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts under Governor Deval Patrick from 2009 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he was the nominee for Governor of Massachusetts in 2018.[3][4]

Gonzalez was appointed to his secretary position after the resignation of Leslie Kirwan in the fall of 2009.[5] He was succeeded by Glen Shor in January 2013. Before working as a government official, Gonzalez was an attorney at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge in Boston.[3] He attended Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center.


Gonzalez was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio.[6] After graduating from Dartmouth College and Georgetown Law School, Gonzalez worked at a law firm in Cleveland.[7] He then moved to Boston to work for Palmer & Dodge[7] where he specialized in public finance.

Gonzalez worked on Deval Patrick's 2006 gubernatorial campaign.[7] He then joined Patrick's administration in 2007 as Deputy Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts. He was appointed Secretary of Administration and Finance of Massachusetts in 2009.[7] He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Massachusetts Health Connector, where he oversaw implementation of Massachusetts’ health care reform, and he co-chaired the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.[8]

Gonzalez left the cabinet in 2013. Gonzalez served as chair of the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care.[9] Gonzalez later served as President and CEO of CeltiCare Health and New Hampshire Healthy Families.[10]

On January 30, 2017 he announced he would run for governor in the 2018 Massachusetts election. He defeated Bob Massie, an entrepreneur and sustainability advocate from Somerville, to become the Democratic nominee in the race. [11]

As a former Brookline resident, Gonzalez was an elected Town Meeting Member, Co-Chair of the Town Meeting Members Association, and a member of the Advisory Committee in the Town of Brookline[12] Gonzalez currently serves on the boards of the Dimock Center, Project Hope, and the Trust for Public Land.

On June 2, 2018, at the Democratic State Convention, Gonzalez won 70% of the vote, securing the endorsement of the state party.[13] Gonzalez lost the general election by historic measures, as incumbent Charlie Baker won by a margin of 1,781,982 votes to Gonzalez's 886,281.[14] In April of 2019, Gonzalez joined a law firm called Hinckley, Allen, & Snyder LLP. He is a partner in the firm’s Boston office.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Jay Gonzalez grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.[7] Gonzalez moved to Massachusetts in 1998. His mother dropped out of college when he was born, and his father was a Spanish immigrant who worked as a bricklayer.[7]

Gonzalez lives with his wife, Cyndi, in Needham, and he has two daughters, Isabel and Abby.[17]


  1. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/08/13/democratic-candidates-for-governor-speak-out-in-swampscott/
  2. ^ https://www.itemlive.com/2018/08/06/gubernatorial-candidate-jay-gonzalez-need-aiming-higher/
  3. ^ a b O’Sullivan, Jim; Miller, Joshua (2017-01-04). "Former aide to Deval Patrick considers challenging Charlie Baker". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  4. ^ Ring, Dan (2011-08-02). "Massachusetts finance secretary Jay Gonzalez braces for impact of debt limit law". MassLive.com. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  5. ^ Staff, Writer (2009-09-30). "Mass. budget chief Kirwan resigns for Harvard post". Bay State Banner. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  6. ^ McKeever, Andy (September 29, 2017). "Gonzalez Looks to Bring Aggressive Agenda to Governor's Race". iBerkshires.com. North Adams, MA.
  7. ^ a b c d e f McGonigle, Brian (May 17, 2017). "The Needham Democrat sat down with Wicked Local to talk about his run for governor in 2018".
  8. ^ "Meet Jay - Elect Jay Gonzalez". jay4ma.com. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  9. ^ Murphy, Matt (January 30, 2017). "Gonzalez Launching Bid For Governor With Anti-Trump Focus".
  10. ^ Dumcius, Gintautus (January 30, 2017). "Former CeltiCare CEO Jay Gonzalez launches run for governor, targets Charlie Baker".
  11. ^ Associated Press (September 4, 2018). "Jay Gonzalez wins Democratic nomination for Massachusetts governor, will face GOP incumbent Charlie Baker in November". Associated Press.
  12. ^ "Meet Jay Gonzalez". jay4ma.com. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
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  14. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/massachusetts-governor. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  15. ^ https://www.hinckleyallen.com/news/former-democratic-gubernatorial-candidate-jay-gonzalez-joins-hinckley-allen/
  16. ^ Hinckley Allen profile
  17. ^ "Meet Jay".

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Preceded by
Martha Coakley
Democratic nominee for Governor of Massachusetts
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