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Steven Grossman
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Current candidacy
Running for Governor of Massachusetts
Date of primarySeptember 16, 2014
Current office
Massachusetts Treasurer
In office
January 19, 2011 - Present
Years in position 3
PredecessorTim Cahill (I)
Base salary$130,916
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,962,779
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sHarvard Business School
Office website
Campaign website
Steven Grossman is the current Democratic Massachusetts State Treasurer. He was first elected in 2011 and assumed office is serving in his first term.[1] His position is up for election in 2014.

As treasurer, Grossman is not restricted by term limits and would be eligible to run again in 2014 except that he is campaigning for election to a different office in 2014- Governor of Massachusetts.[2] The seat will be open in 2014 because the current incumbent, Democrat Deval Patrick, has decided not to seek re-election.[3]

According to state law, Grossman's gubernatorial bid precludes him from seeking re-election to his current post, since governor and state treasurer are simultaneously elected executive offices in the Massachusetts government.

Before becoming state treasurer, Grossman worked for his family business, Grossman Marketing group, and served as its CEO. His ample private sector experience is balanced by decades of service to political causes and activist organizations. Grossman's ties to, and influence within, the Democratic Party apply both on the state and national level, having formerly been chairman for both the Massachusetts and National Democratic parties.[1] He also held the position of president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) for five years.


Grossman served as the CEO of Grossman Marketing Group, a business that has been in his family four generations. He also was chairman for both the Massachusetts and National Democratic parties.[1] From 1992 to 1997, Grossman served as president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).[4] In 2002, he had an unsuccessful bid for Massachusetts Governor.[5]

Grossman holds his undergraduate degree from Princeton University and his Master's of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.


  • Bachelor's degree, Princeton University
  • Master's degree, Harvard Business School[1]

Political Career

Massachusetts Treasurer (2011 - present)

Grossman was elected Massachusetts Treasurer in 2010.



See also: Massachusetts gubernatorial election, 2014

Grossman is running for the office of Governor of Massachusetts in 2014. He is seeking the Democratic nomination in the primary election on September 16, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[6]

Race background

Current incumbent Deval Patrick, a Democrat first elected in 2006, is eligible to run for re-election in 2014. However, after winning re-election in 2010, Patrick stated that he would not seek a third term as governor in the 2014 election.[7][8]

The race to replace Patrick includes a slew of Democratic hopefuls and independent party candidates. The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which is scheduled for September 16, 2014, has attracted individuals already serving in elected office. Attorney general Martha Coakley, state treasurer and Steve Grossman are both running for the Governor's seat.[9]

Daniel Wolf, a state senator who announced his intentions to run early on, dropped out of the race after his campaign was suspended "indefinitely" since his Aug 2, 2013 disqualification by the Massachusetts Ethics Commission for being a stakeholder in an airline he previously founded, CapeAir. Since CapeAir is now a quasi-public agency whose board is controlled by the governor, the commission ruled Wolf's ties to be a violation of state conflict of interest prohibitions.[10][11] On September 19, the commission granted Wolf a second extension to his compliance deadline, beyond which he would be forced to resign his state senate seat and officially withdraw from the governor race.[12][13][14] The uncertainty about if and when he could resume campaigning resulted in Wolf's decision to officially withdraw from the race on October 21, 2013. [15][16][17][12] Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Coakley, the current front-runner according to recent polls, and State Treasurer Grossman.

Charlie Baker, a venture capitalist who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2010, again won his party's nomination at the convention on March 22, 2014. The other Republican challenger, Mark Fisher narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15% of the vote with just 14.765%. About 6 more votes, out of the 2,500 cast, would have led to a primary run-off between Fisher and Baker.[18][19] The blank ballots that were cast at the convention were counted in the total, reducing the percentage that Fisher received just enough to push him off the ballot. Kirsten Hughes, the Massachusetts Republican party chairwoman, told the media after the convention that blanks should not count towards the total. She retracted that statement days later saying she misspoke.[20]

Fisher's campaign believes that there was possible collusion between the Massachusetts Republican party and Baker's campaign, along with improper conduct at the convention. Debbie McCarthy, Fisher's campaign manager, said the campaign was considering filing two lawsuits. One lawsuit would dispute the convention results while the other would allege the collusion between the state party and Baker's campaign, a violation of party rules.[21] The civil suit would call for the release of e-mails, texts, and phone records to prove the collusion.[22]

The lawsuit to dispute the convention results was brought before a judge Friday, April 11, 2014 in Superior Court. The lawyer for the Massachusetts Republican Party, Louisa Ciaverra, told the judge that ruling would violate the rights of the delegates who voted at the convention, and the rights should not be able to be overruled by judicial interference. He maintained that the Massachusetts GOP has strict rules in place for a reason and that Fisher did not make the ballot in accordance with those rules. The judge noted that the case he was ruling on was brought to him as an allegation that the party violated its own rules He said that the fact on trial was whether a blank ballot counted as a vote. [20]

If the convention results are overturned, and Fisher makes the primary ballot, Baker will have had to defend his more moderate views as a Republican, and work to distance himself from the Democratic candidates. Baker supports both abortion rights and gay marriage, a contrast to many views of his conservative Republican supporters.[22]


Grossman won election as state treasurer in the November 2010 election, defeating Republican candidate Karyn Polito.[23]

Massachusetts Treasurer and General Receiver, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Grossman 52.1% 1,208,098
     Republican Karyn E. Polito 42.8% 993,127
     All others Various 0.1% 1,784
     Blanks - 5% 116,954
Total Votes 2,319,963
Election Results Via: Massachusetts Secretary of State

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Grossman is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Grossman raised a total of $4,962,779 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 11, 2013.[24]

Steven Grossman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Massachusetts Treasurer Not up for election $594,296
2010 Massachusetts Treasurer Won $4,368,483
Grand Total Raised $4,962,779


Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Steven Grossman's donors each year.[25] Click [show] for more information.

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Contact Information

Office of the State Treasurer
State House, Room 227
Boston MA, 02133

Phone: (617) 367-6900


Grossman and his wife, Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, have three sons: David, Ben, and Josh.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Official Website of the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, "Treasurer Steven Grossman," accessed September 18, 2012
  2. Boston Globe, "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013
  3. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  4. AIPAC's Steve Grossman takes Democratic Party Post, January 17, 1997
  5. Steve Grossman: All in the family Boston Business Journal, July 17, 2006
  6., "Steve Grossman officially announces run for gov. at Mass. Dem. convention," July 13, 2013
  7. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  8. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  9. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  10., "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  11. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  13. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  14. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  15. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at:," October 22, 2013
  16. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  18. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  19. Boston Globe, Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor, March 22, 2014
  20. 20.0 20.1 Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  21. Massachusetts Live, Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access, March 25, 2014
  22. 22.0 22.1, Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP, March 23, 2014
  23. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," retrieved May 14, 2011
  24. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Steven Grossman," accessed July 11, 2013
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