Published January 19, 2011
It’s Inauguration Day, again, on Beacon Hill, as the state’s highest constitutional officers are sworn in.
Attorney General Martha Coakley begins her second term Wednesday, a year to the day after her stunning loss to Scott Brown in the U.S. Senate race. Secretary of State William Galvin also was sworn in for a new term.
Suzanne Bump was sworn in as auditor, the state’s first new auditor in 24 years. Steve Grossman was sworn in as the new treasurer.
AG Coakley was sworn in by newly minted SJC Chief Justice Roderick Ireland. The State House News Service reports AG Coakley’s top priorities are stemming the tide of foreclosures; exposing political corruption; and fighting cyber-crime.
Grossman, the Democratic treasurer, said new jobs are his top priority. “We are fervently committed to protect the public’s money, help create jobs and boost small businesses. the stakes are too high for the public to expect anything else,” he said.
Grossman succeeds Tim Cahill, who left the office to pursue his unsuccessful campaign for governor.
Bump, the Democratic auditor, promised to make state government work better. “To keep government responsive to its citizens, to leverage technology and the Internet, to give you greater access to the work of the office, and to track government reforms that our audits indicate are needed,” she said.
Bump previously represented Braintree in the House and went on to become Gov. Patrick’s secretary of labor.
Galvin, a Brighton Democrat, starts his fifth four-year term as secretary of state. Ever low-key, Galvin’s swearing-in was private and he delivered no remarks.
Gov. Deval Patrick, Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and state lawmakers were sworn in earlier this month.