The Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is an elected constitutional officer, the head of the executive branch and the highest state office in Massachusetts. The Governor serves as chief administrative officer of the state and as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The responsibilities of the Governor include preparation of the annual budget, nomination of all judicial officers, granting of pardons (with the consent of the Governor's Council), appointment of the heads of most major state departments and agencies, and the acceptance or veto of each bill passed by the legislature. The Governor can call special sessions of the General Court with the consent of the Governor's Council. ( accessed 9/17/22)

The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is not subject to term limits. A candidate for Governor must be a registered elector in the state and have been a resident for at least seven years before taking office. (Ballotpedia accessed 9/17/22)