Suzanne M. Bump

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Suzanne Bump
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22nd Auditor of Massachusetts
Assumed office
January 19, 2011
Governor Deval Patrick
Charlie Baker
Preceded by Joseph DeNucci
Massachusetts Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development
In office
2007–2009
Governor Deval Patrick
Preceded by Gayl Mileszko
Succeeded by Joanne Goldstein
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the 5th Norfolk district
In office
January 1985 – January 1993
Preceded by Elizabeth Metayer
Succeeded by Joseph Sullivan
Personal details
Born (1956-02-18) February 18, 1956 (age 61)
Weymouth, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul McDevitt (m. 1980; d. 2016)[1]
Children 2
Education Boston College (BA)
Suffolk University (JD)

Suzanne M. Bump (born February 18, 1956) is the current Massachusetts State Auditor, the first female elected to this role in the state’s history. She is a former State Representative and state Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development.[2]

Early life

Bump was born on February 18, 1956 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Her father was a funeral director and her mother was a homemaker. She attended Cardinal Spellman High School, received her A.B. from Boston College, and received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School.[3] According to her campaign biography, she grew up in Whitman and moved to Braintree after college. She later moved to Great Barrington.[4]

Political career

She started her career off as a legislative aide. From 1985 to 1993 she was the state representative for the 5th Norfolk district,[3] She served on the Commerce and Labor Committee, and she spent two years as Chairman of that Committee. From 2007 to 2009 she was secretary of labor in the administration of Governor Deval Patrick.[5]

Secretary of Labor

Prior to Suzanne's leading the Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development, unemployment claims were handled on an antiquated processing system. She was noted for securing funding and overseeing the roll out of modern telephone and computerized claims systems.[6] In 2008, Bump announced a regional partnership program that provided new funds to help ex-offenders achieve successful re-entry into communities. The program focused on high crime communities by both providing preventative public safety measures and acting as an economic boost to the regions that received funding.[7]

Auditor

She resigned from Patrick’s cabinet in order to enter the race for the position of Auditor being vacated by longtime Auditor A. Joseph DeNucci. She won the primary and the general election and was sworn in as State Auditor of Massachusetts on January 19, 2011.[8]

Shortly after taking office, Auditor Bump held sweeping reforms following an independent review of the auditing office she took over. The review found workers without bachelor's degrees, inadequate training, and unspecified job skills. As part of the reform, 27 employees were terminated and 14 were reassigned, and other employers with proper qualifications were given raises on par with national standards.[9]

Under Bump's tenure, the state Auditor's office has released several harsh reports on government agencies and departments failing to conduct simple checks with their data. In one audit, her office identified 119 registered sex offender addresses that matched the registered address of a child care provider.[10] Another audit found 1,164 social welfare recipients that were either dead or using a deceased person’s Social Security number.[11]

In August 2014, Bump faced allegations that she used her State House office for campaign work and tried to turn an audit of the Department of Children and Families into a means of winning the support of a labor union. She denied the allegations, made by a former staff member in a federal lawsuit alleging that Bump violated whistleblower laws by forcing the aide to resign.[12]

In October 2016, Bump announced that she will be running for reelection in 2018 and will stay out of the day-to-day operations of two addiction treatment businesses she inherited from her late husband. Bump hired a new CEO to run them, and she will have no authority in the daily operations of the businesses to avoid state conflict of interest regulations.[13][14]

Personal

Bump has been married to Paul McDevitt since 1980. They reside in Great Barrington but often have to commute for job purposes.[15]

Electoral history

Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Democratic Primary Election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump 3,012 40.5
Democratic Carl Johnson 1,964 26.4
Democratic Elizabeth Laing 1,720 23.1
Democratic Richard Parsons 629 8.5
Democratic Roy Alonardo 109 1.5
Democratic Write-ins 8 0.1
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Election, 1984
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump 9,637 54.1
Republican James Galvin 7,674 43.1
Independent Donald McCabe, Jr. 509 2.9
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Democratic Primary Election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 3,906 69.8
Democratic Francis Curtis 1,693 30.2
Democratic Write-ins 1 0.0
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Election, 1986
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 9,492 99.9
Write-ins Write-ins 5 0.1
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Democratic Primary Election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 3,214 57.3
Democratic Francrs Ioland 2,393 42.7
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Election, 1988
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 13,641 99.9
Write-ins Write-ins 17 0.1
Massachusetts House of Representatives 5th Norfolk District Election, 1990
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 10,285 99.7
Write-ins Write-ins 31 0.3
Massachusetts Auditor Democratic Primary Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump 198,984 49.4
Democratic Guy William Glodis 125,974 31.3
Democratic Mike Lake 76,764 19.1
Democratic Write-ins 1,028 0.3
Massachusetts Auditor Election, 2010
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump 1,027,710 48.5
Republican Mary Connaughton 982,113 46.3
Green-Rainbow Nathanael Alexander Fortune 108,997 5.1
Write-ins Write-ins 2,187 0.1
Massachusetts Auditor Election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Suzanne Bump (inc.) 1,146,987 57.7
Republican Patricia Saint Aubin 757,213 38.1
Green-Rainbow M. K. Merelice 81,430 4.1
Write-ins Write-ins 2,064 0.1

References

  1. ^ "Paul McDevitt, husband of Auditor Suzanne Bump, dies". Wicked Local. 
  2. ^ "About Suzanne". Committee to Elect Suzanne Bump. 
  3. ^ a b Public Officers of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1991–1992). Massachusetts General Court. p. 95. 
  4. ^ "About Suzanne". Committee to Elect Suzanne Bump. 
  5. ^ "Biography". Office of the State Auditor. 
  6. ^ "Stonehill Profile". Stonehill. 
  7. ^ "Update". Massachusetts Department of Education. 
  8. ^ "Biography". Office of the State Auditor. 
  9. ^ "Article". MetroWest Daily News. 
  10. ^ "Article". WBUR. 
  11. ^ "Article". The Springfield Republican. 
  12. ^ Levenson, Michael. "Bump says campaign allegations are 'without merit'". www.bostonglobe.com. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Phillips, Frank (2016-10-13). "After husband dies, state auditor takes over business". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  14. ^ Deehan, Mike (2016-10-11). "Bump Moves To Insulate Auditor's Role From Companies Inherited From Her Husband, Will Run In '18". WGBH (FM). Retrieved 2016-10-13. 
  15. ^ "Biography". WHDH. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph DeNucci
Auditor of Massachusetts
2011–present
Incumbent
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