Suzanne Bump

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Suzanne Bump
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Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth
Incumbent
In office
January 19, 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorA. Joseph DeNucci (D)
Compensation
Base salary$137,425
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,554,066
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Massachusetts Secretary of Labor
2007-2009
Massachusetts House of Representatives
1985-1993
Education
Bachelor'sBoston College
J.D.Suffolk University
Personal
Place of birthWhitman, Massachusetts
Websites
Office website
Suzanne Bump was the current Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth. Bump, a Democrat, was elected the state's first-ever woman state auditor in the general election on November 2, 2010.[1] She took office January 19, 2011, for a four-year term expiring in January 2015. She ran for re-election in November 2014. Suzanne Bump won the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Bump grew up in Whitman, Mass. During her college career, she commuted and worked her way through school. Following her graduation, she worked as a legislative aide. She would go on to serve in her first elected position as a Representative in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Following her tenure as a state representative, she spent time in the private sector. In 2007, Governor Deval Patrick appointed her to serve on his cabinet as his labor secretary.[1] She resigned from her cabinet position to run for auditor of the commonwealth in 2009.[2]

Bump holds a bachelor's degree from Boston College and law degree from Suffolk University Law School.[1]

Education

  • Bachelor's degree, Boston College
  • Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School[3]

Political Career

Auditor of the Commonwealth (2011 - present)

Bump won election as Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth in 2010, and by doing so, became the first female elected to the office in the state's history.[3]

Issues

Wrongful termination lawsuit

A lawsuit was filed in district court on August 6, 2014, accusing Bump of forcing former deputy auditor Laura Marlin to resign following accusations by Marlin that the auditor was using state resources for her re-election campaign. Marlin, who served as Bump's campaign manager in 2010, made the following accusations:[4]

  • Bump held a "campaign-related meeting" with labor representatives in the auditor's office.
  • Bump instructed Marlin to contact the political director for a labor organization during an independent audit.
  • Bump instructed a state representative to pick up nominating papers from the auditor's office rather than a personal or campaign office.

Bump responded to the lawsuit by arguing that Marlin's claims lack merit, and her work as auditor has never been affected by outside organizations. She did not discuss why Marlin was asked to resign.[4]

Elections

2014

See also: Massachusetts down ballot state executive elections, 2014 and Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

In November 2012, Bump dismissed rumors that she was exploring a bid for Governor of Massachusetts in 2014. She ran for re-election as auditor.

Bump was unopposed for the Democratic nomination in the September 9 primary, and faced Patricia Saint Aubin (R) and MK Merelice Green-Rainbow Party in the general election. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[5][6]

Results

Massachusetts Auditor, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSuzanne Bump Incumbent 57.8% 1,141,788
     Republican Patricia Saint Aubin 38.1% 752,881
     Green MK Merelice 4% 79,759
Total Votes 1,974,428
Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.

2010

Bump won election as state auditor in the November 2010 election, defeating Republican Mary Connaughton and Green-Rainbow candidate Nathanael Alexander Fortune.[7]

Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Suzanne Bump (D) 1,027,710
Mary Connaughton (R) 982,113
Nathanael Alexander Fortune (Green-Rainbow) 108,997
All Others 2,186
Blank 198,957

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bump is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Bump raised a total of $1,554,066 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[8]

Suzanne Bump's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts Auditor Not up for election $208,709
2010 Massachusetts Auditor Won $1,345,357
Grand Total Raised $1,554,066

2010

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Contact Information

Office of the State Auditor, Executive Office
Room 230
State House
Boston, MA 02133

Phone: (617)727-2075
Fax: (617)727-5891

Personal

Bump married her husband, Paul McDevitt, in 1980.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
A. Joseph DeNucci (D)
Massachusetts Auditor of the Commonwealth
2011–present
Succeeded by
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