Current Office:Secretary of State
William Francis Galvin was born on September 17, 1950 in the Brighton section of Boston where he lives today with his wife, Eileen, and daughter, Bridget. He was educated in the Brighton parochial schools, and graduated cum laude from Boston College in 1972 and Suffolk University Law School in 1975.
Elected Secretary of State in 1994, Secretary Galvin is running for re-election because the next four years Massachusetts families will invest millions of their hard earned dollars in the risk marketplace trying to plan for their financial futures including retirement and savings for college tuition. It is the responsibility of the State Secretary as the state’s chief securities regulator to protect these investors and their funds. This is particularly challenging in difficult economic times.
Secretary Galvin has demonstrated record of protecting the assets of Massachusetts’ families actually returning over hundreds of millions of dollars back to Massachusetts’ victims of financial fraud.
With the new regulatory changes coming in financial services, Secretary Galvin is eager to use these new tools to protect and advance the financial security of Massachusetts’ families. Secretary Galvin intends to utilize the authority provided by the recently enacted national financial regulation law to expand his protection of Massachusetts’ families who invest their assets in risk financial investments such as the stock market and mutual funds. He has worked hard to make sure that the new law guarantees the right of states such as Massachusetts to provide greater consumer protection to its citizens. He intends to use that authority.
During the next four years, millions of Massachusetts’ citizens will seek to have their voices heard by participating in national, state and local elections. Secretary Galvin is determined to continue to provide to these citizens every opportunity to participate in elections which are easily accessible, accurate and free of technical error building upon the record voter registration and participation that has occurred during his tenure.
Within the next two years Massachusetts must complete a redistricting of its congressional and legislative districts. Secretary Galvin is committed to a transparent process that protects the integrity of communities without regard to partisan advantage or disadvantage. This process begins with every city and town redrawing their ward and precinct lines under his supervision. He is determined that this should be a fair and transparent process that protects villages, neighborhoods and communities of interest so that they may receive fair political representation.
Secretary Galvin is also prioritizing continuing enforcement of the new reformed lobbying laws which he worked to pass. Every year special interests in Massachusetts spend tens of millions of dollars to influence policy. Secretary Galvin is committed to a continuing and expanded effort to provide prompt disclosure of who is paying and whom they are paying to influence public policy.