Commissioner Maynard Sworn-In by Governor Baker as August Kicks Off

Commissioner Jordan Maynard officially became the fifth Commissioner of the MGC on Monday, August 1 when he was sworn in by his former boss, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

For more than three years, Commissioner Maynard worked in the Governor’s Office as Gov. Baker’s Chief Secretary and Director of Boards and Commissions. Beginning that role in February 2019, Maynard helped oversee appointments for more than 800 state boards and commissions before being named to the Commission in late July 2022. Commissioner Maynard was tapped to fill the vacant commissioner spot with the MGC via a joint appointment by Gov. Baker, Attorney General Maura Healey and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg.

Per statute, two commissioners are appointed by a majority vote of the Governor, Attorney General and Treasurer; the other three are appointed individually by one of those state officials. Maynard will fill his appointed seat through March 2026.

Attending Commissioner Maynard’s swearing-in ceremony from the MGC were Commissioner Bradford Hill – who is nearing his one-year anniversary as a member of the Commission since his appointment in September 2021 – and Crystal Beauchemin, the MGC’s Chief Administrative Officer to the Chair and Special Projects Manager.

Maynard is the third Commissioner to be appointed to the MGC in the last 12 months and the second in the year 2022, following Commissioner Nakisha Skinner, who was named a Commissioner in March 2022 via the Treasurer’s appointment.

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“I have been grateful for the opportunity to serve the Commonwealth by working to recruit a diverse array of qualified leaders to serve in state government over the past several years, and I am humbled to be able to continue my service as a member of the Gaming Commission,” Commissioner Maynard said upon being appointed.

“I am deeply appreciative to Governor Baker, Attorney General Healey and Treasurer Goldberg for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with my fellow Commission members and staff to support the important work of the Gaming Commission.”

Before serving in the Office of the Governor, Commissioner Maynard worked as statewide director for MassVictory during the 2018 election and as the Deputy Director of the Baker-Polito 2019 Inaugural Committee. Prior to that, he served the Commonwealth at the Division of Professional Licensure (today the Division of Occupational Licensure) as an external affairs manager. Before entering state service, Maynard worked as a civil attorney, including as an advocate for individuals with disabilities before the Social Security Administration.

“[Commissioner Maynard] is respected throughout state government and his talent and experience is a welcome addition to the MGC and our work regulating the Massachusetts gaming industry,” said MGC Chair Cathy Judd-Stein upon news of Maynard’s appointment. “Having Jordan join and round out our five-member commission is exciting, and I look forward to beginning to work alongside him in the days ahead.”

Commissioner Maynard is a first-generation college graduate from eastern Kentucky who earned his Bachelor of Arts in History and Government from Morehead State University in 2010 and his Juris Doctorate from the Northern Kentucky University’s Salmon P. Chase College of Law in 2013. He lives in West Roxbury with his wife.

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