Governor Baker appoints new chief legal counsel after Lon Povich steps down

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After winning re-election, Governor Charlie Baker asked members of his cabinet if they were willing to stay with the administration for at least two if not four years. 

So far, three people have left, including former Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Jay Ash. Daniel Bennett also resigned from the department of public safety and security earlier this year, and now Lon Povich told the governor he’ll be gone March 8.   

Gov. Baker has asked Bob Ross to replace Povich and provide legal and policy advice for the administration. 

“He is a wicked smart contributor to every conversation that we have and he is a terrific colleague and he’s somebody who gets and understands the role of the lawyer in the public sector,” Baker said. 

Ross is no stranger to Massachusetts politics. He’s worked in the attorney general’s office, the Senate president’s office and most recently he provided legal advice to the state’s administration and finance department. 

Ross said, “Thank you for your trust and thank you for this opportunity, I look forward to getting to work.”

Ross has helped to craft five state budget proposals with Baker-Polito Administration, and now as chief legal counsel, he said he looks forward to working with the governor and members of the legislature on several major initiatives for Fiscal 2020. 

Bob Ross is expected to assume his new position on March 8.

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