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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
PartyDemocratic
PredecessorTim Cahill (I)
Compensation
Base salary$130,916
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$4,962,779
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
Master'sHarvard Business School
Personal
ReligionJewish
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Steven Grossman is the current Democratic Massachusetts State Treasurer. He assumed office on Janaury 19, 2011 and is serving in his first term.[1]

Grossman was first elected state treasurer on November 2, 2010 with 52% of the statewide vote. He defeated Republican candidate Karyn Polito and various write-in challengers by an almost 10-point margin of victory in the general election.[2]

He comes up for re-election in 2014, but Grossman has declared his candidacy for the governorship. 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. [3] The governor's seat will be opened in 2014 due to incumbent Democrat Deval Patrick's decision to retire at the end of his term.[4]

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.

Biography

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).[5] In 2002, he had an unsuccessful bid for Massachusetts Governor.[6]

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

Education

  • 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.

Elections

2014

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.[7]

Campaign themes

Grossman is running on a platform of creating manufacturing jobs and improving the state education system by upgrading classroom technologies.[8]

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.[9][10]

The field of Democrats competing for their party's nomination in the primary, which is scheduled for September 9, 2014, has attracted individuals already serving in elected office. Treasurer Steven Grossman won the state Democratic convention on June 14, 2014, while Attorney General Martha Coakley came in second. Candidate Donald Berwick also secured a place on the primary ballot. Candidates Joe Avellone and Juliette Kayyem failed to achieve 15 percent of the convention backing to reach the primary ballot.[11][12] Coakley has been leading in all polls against Grossman, but did not win over the party itself. Analysts suspect Coakley leads based on higher name recognition. Party leaders are concerned she will not be able to win the general election. Grossman was the former chairman of the state and national Democratic parties.[13]

Daniel Wolf, a Republican 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.[14][15] 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.[16][17][18] 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. [19][20][21][16] Wolf's withdrawal paved the way for a nasty executive vs. executive primary battle between Attorney General Martha Coakley and State Treasurer Steve 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, originally appeared to have narrowly missed an appearance on the primary ballot after failing to achieve 15 percent of the vote with just 14.765 percent, but after challenging the results in court the judge ruled that Fisher should be allowed to appear with Baker on the primary ballot.[22][23] 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.[24] Fisher still needs a total of 10,000 certified signatures to be included on the November ballot.[25][26]

Since the convention results were overturned, and Fisher is set up to make 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.[27]

Polls

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Four way race
Poll Martha Coakley Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't know/ RefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
54%25%3%3%15%+/-5424
The Boston Globe
July 13-15, 2014
38%33%1%8%19%+/-5625
AVERAGES 46% 29% 2% 5.5% 17% +/-5 524.5
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Four way race
Poll Steve Grossman Charlie BakerEvan FalchukJeff McCormickDon't knowRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Western New England University Polling Institute
March 31-April 7, 2014
38%29%4%9%19%1%+/-5424
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-up: Charlie Baker vs. Democratic Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanDonald BerwickJuliette KayyemNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
34%45%0%0%0%21%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
29%0%35%0%0%36%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%29%0%37%+/-5.9500
UMass-­Amherst Internet Poll of Massachusetts
March 31-April 6, 2014
32%0%0%0%32%36%+/-5.9500
AVERAGES 31.75% 11.25% 8.75% 7.25% 8% 32.5% +/-5.9 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
36%46%0%18%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
35%0%34%31%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 35.5% 23% 17% 24.5% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Mark Fisher vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Mark Fisher Martha CoakleySteve GrossmanNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
30%50%0%20%+/-4.4500
January 2014 Special Edition Purple Poll Massachusetts Statewide
January 21-23, 2014
26%0%35%38%+/-4.4500
AVERAGES 28% 25% 17.5% 29% +/-4.4 500
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker and Independents vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Jeff McCormickEvan FalchukMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanDon BerwickJuliette KayyemJoe AvelloneAnother candidateUndecided/Refused/Won't voteMargin of ErrorSample Size
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
29%3%1%39%0%0%0%0%2%26%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
33%5%1%0%23%0%0%0%2%36%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%13%0%0%2%40%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
37%7%2%0%0%0%15%0%1%38%+/-4.4504
WBUR Poll: Governor's Race
January 16-19, 2014
36%8%2%0%0%0%0%13%2%39%+/-4.4504
AVERAGES 34.2% 6.2% 1.6% 7.8% 4.6% 2.6% 3% 2.6% 1.8% 35.8% +/-4.4 504
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2014 Hypothetical Match-ups - Republican Charlie Baker vs. Democratic candidates
Poll Charlie Baker (R)* Martha CoakleyMike CapuanoDon BerwickSteve GrossmanJoe AvelloneNot sureMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%51%0%0%0%0%11%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%42%0%0%21%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
38%0%0%31%0%0%31%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
37%0%0%0%38%0%25%+/-4.0616
Public Policy Poll
(September 20-23, 2013)
40%0%0%0%0%30%30%+/-4.0616
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
34%54%0%0%0%0%10%+/-5.0431
Western New England University
(October 1-7, 2013)
30%0%0%0%43%0%25%+/-5.0431
AVERAGES 36.29% 15% 0% 10.43% 11.57% 4.29% 21.86% +/-4.29 563.14
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickJoe AvelloneDan WolfJuliette KayyemUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Public Policy Poll of (Sample of Democratic voters
(September 20-23, 2013)
57%10%6%4%3%2%17%+/-5.4324
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Democratic Primary
Poll Martha Coakley Steve GrossmanDon BerwickDon't knowMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(July 13-15, 2014)
46%18%5%30%+/-5347
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Governor of Massachusetts 2104 Hypothetical Match-ups with Various Republican Candidates
Poll Charlie Baker Evan FalchukJeff McCormickMartha CoakleySteve GrossmanJuliette KayyemDon BerwickJoe AvelloneUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%7%37%0%0%0%0%22%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
32%2%8%0%26%0%0%0%31%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%7%0%0%20%0%0%36%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
37%2%9%0%0%0%18%0%35%+/-4.0602
The Boston Globe
(May 29 - June 3, 2014)
36%2%9%0%0%0%0%17%36%+/-4.0602
AVERAGES 34.6% 2% 8% 7.4% 5.2% 4% 3.6% 3.4% 32% +/-4 602
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

**Due to the nature of the comparison, a placeholder figure of 0% is assigned to candidates not included in any given match-up round

2010

Grossman won election as state treasurer in the November 2010 election, defeating Republican candidate Karyn Polito.[28]

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.[29]

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

2010

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.[30] 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

Personal

Grossman and his wife, Dr. Barbara Wallace Grossman, have three sons: David, Ben, and Josh.[1]

See also

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 The Official Website of the Treasurer and Receiver General of Massachusetts, "Treasurer Steven Grossman," accessed September 18, 2012
  2. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," retrieved May 14, 2011
  3. Boston Globe, "Cape state senator, treasurer to run for governor," July 11, 2013
  4. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  5. AIPAC's Steve Grossman takes Democratic Party Post JWeekly.com, January 17, 1997
  6. Steve Grossman: All in the family Boston Business Journal, July 17, 2006
  7. WCVB.com, "Steve Grossman officially announces run for gov. at Mass. Dem. convention," July 13, 2013
  8. WAMC Northeast Public Radio, "If Governor, Grossman to Focus on Education and Manufacturing," October 10, 2013
  9. Boston Globe, "Patrick says he will serve out full term," January 4, 2011
  10. Boston Globe, "Grossman considering gun for governor in 2014," October 31, 2012
  11. Boston Globe, "Steve Grossman gets Democrats’ nod at convention," June 15, 2014
  12. The Boston Globe, Political Intelligence, "Martha Coakley launches bid for governor with handshakes and a video," September 16, 2013
  13. New York Times, "Massachusetts Democrat Wins Over Voters; Her Party Is a Different Story," June 13, 2014
  14. Boston.com, "Wolf vows to continue campaign despite ethics ruling on his ownership of Cape Air," accessed August 8, 2013
  15. CommonWealth Magazine, "Massachusetts Ethics Commission Ruling," accessed August 8, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Cape Cod Times, "Ethics Commission considering exemption for Wolf," September 19, 2013. Retrieved September 19, 2013.
  17. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named wolfsays
  18. Dan Wolf for Governor 2014, "Press release: Resigning and Suspending Campaign Unless Ethics Commission Reconsiders," accessed August 23, 2013
  19. The Boston Herald, "Wolf, citing unresolved ethics complaint, exits gov’s race - See more at: http://bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_politics/2013/10/wolf_citing_unresolved_ethics_complaint_exits_gov_s_race#sthash.Wyc0wMfq.dpuf," October 22, 2013
  20. Cape Cod Times, "Wolf bows out of governor's race," October 21, 2013
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named bg
  22. The Washington Post, "Republican Charlie Baker announces run for governor," September 4, 2013
  23. Boston Globe, "Baker holds off rival in GOP race for governor," March 22, 2014
  24. Telegram, "Mass. GOP, Fisher spar in court over ballot access," April 11, 2014
  25. The Boston Globe, "Mark Fisher bullish on making GOP gubernatorial ballot," April 28, 2014
  26. Massachusetts Live, "Gubernatorial candidate Mark Fisher may sue Mass. Republican Party for ballot access," March 25, 2014
  27. Boston.com, "Campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate threatens to sue state GOP," March 23, 2014
  28. Massachusetts Secretary of State, "November 2010 General Election Results," retrieved May 14, 2011
  29. Follow the Money, "Career fundraising for Steven Grossman," accessed July 11, 2013
  30. Follow the Money.org
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Cahill (I)
Massachusetts State Treasurer
2011–present
Succeeded by
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