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Steven Grossman (politician)

Steven Grossman
57th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
January 17, 2011 – January 21, 2015
Governor Deval Patrick
Charlie Baker
Preceded by Tim Cahill
Succeeded by Deb Goldberg
Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee
In office
January 21, 1997 – January 22, 1999
Preceded by Donald Fowler
Succeeded by Joe Andrew
Chairperson of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
In office
Preceded by Chester Atkins
Succeeded by Joan Menard
Personal details
Born (1946-02-17) February 17, 1946
Newton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Barbara Wallace
Children 3
Alma mater Princeton University
Harvard Business School
Religion Judaism

Steven Grossman (born February 17, 1946) is a former Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts[1] and candidate for Governor of Massachusetts. Grossman previously served as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1991 to 1993, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from 1992 to 1997 and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999.[2] In the spring of 2015, Grossman became the CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on strengthening inner city economies that was founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter.

Prior to his involvement in politics, Grossman worked at Goldman Sachs.[3] In 1974 he left Goldman Sachs to work in his family business, a paper supplier called Massachusetts Envelope Company, now the Grossman Marketing Group.[4]

In 2012 Grossman was named number 47 on a list of the 100 most influential institutional investors worldwide by the Asset International magazine.[5]


  • Education and military service 1
  • Political career 2
    • 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign 2.1
  • Personal life 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Education and military service

Grossman received his Bachelor's degree in Romance languages from Princeton University in 1967, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School in 1969, where he was a Baker Scholar.[6]

He served in the Army Reserve during the 1970s, and his South Boston unit numbered among its members Thomas P. O'Neill III, Ed Markey, and Markey's brothers Richard and John.[7]

Political career

From 1991 to 1993, he was chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, also serving as chairman of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee from 1992 to 1997. From 1997 to 1999, he was the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.[2]

He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, losing the Democratic nomination to Shannon O'Brien with 0.80% of the vote in the Democratic Primary.[8] He had announced his withdrawal from the race over the summer, but too late to remove his name from the ballot.

He was elected to succeed Tim Cahill as State Treasurer in November 2010, defeating Republican State Representative Karyn Polito.[9]

2014 Gubernatorial Campaign

On September 9, 2014, Grossman conceded the gubernatorial race. [10]

On July 13, 2013, Grossman declared his candidacy for

Party political offices
Preceded by
Chester Atkins
Chairperson of the Massachusetts Democratic Party
Succeeded by
Joan Menard
Preceded by
Donald Fowler
Chairperson of the Democratic National Committee
Served alongside: Roy Romer
Succeeded by
Joe Andrew
Political offices
Preceded by
Tim Cahill
Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Deb Goldberg
  • Official campaign website
  • Grossman Marketing Group

External links

  1. ^ "Grossman defeats Polito in Mass. treasurer race". Boston Globe. November 2, 2010. Retrieved November 3, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b AIPAC’s Steve Grossman takes Democratic Party post
  3. ^ Gitell, Seth (16 March 2000). "Talking Politics". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Grossman Marketing. "History". Grossman Marketing Group. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Power 100". aiCIO Magazine. Asset International Inc. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  6. ^ Lisa van der Pool, Boston Business Journal, Steve Grossman: All in the Family, July 17, 2006
  7. ^ Noah Bierman, Boston Globe, A Drive that Stunned Markey’s Family, and Never Ebbed: Representative Came in as a Rebel, then Rose, April 21, 2013
  8. ^ "MA Governor - D Primary 2002". Our campaigns. Retrieved 12 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Democrat Steven Grossman elected treasurer of Massachusetts". Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "Boston Globe". Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ O’Sullivan, Jim (13 July 2013). "Treasurer Steven Grossman announces bid for governor, as state Democrats gather in Lowell for annual convention". Boston Globe. Retrieved 13 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Grossman Targets Coakley In Debate With Head Of Mass. Gun Lobby". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "Steve Grossman gets Democrats' nod at convention". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Massachusetts Sen. Stan Rosenberg leads LGBT legislators in endorsing Democrat Steve Grossman for governor". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "Grossman Endorsed by MA Coalition for Social Justice". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  18. ^ Johnson, Akilah. "New law identifies Super PAC donors". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 


He is married to Barbara Wallace Grossman, a Professor of Theater at Tufts University, and they have three children.

Personal life

During the campaign Grossman received support from the Mass Forward Super PAC, which became the first Super PAC subject to a new state campaign finance disclosure law that requires the top five donors names be included on advertising materials. In the disclosure, Grossman's mother, Shirley Grossman's name appeared as one of those donors.[18]

[17] and the Coalition for Social Justice.[16]

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