Maura Healey is the first gay woman elected governor of Massachusetts

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Healey was also one of two openly lesbian candidates who ran for governor of the country. Healey and Democrat Tina Kotek, Oregon gubernatorial candidate, each started the day with a chance to become the first openly lesbian person elected governor of a state.

Healey — elected eight years ago as the nation’s first openly gay attorney general — broke what has become known in Massachusetts as the “curse of the attorney general.” Since 1958, six former Massachusetts attorneys general have sought the governor’s office. Everything failed.

During the campaign, Healey pledged to expand job training programs, make child care more affordable, and modernize schools. Healey also said she would protect “access to safe and legal abortion in Massachusetts” following the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

The 51-year-old also ticked off what she considers a string of accomplishments during her tenure as the state’s top law enforcement official, including protecting students and homeowners from predatory lenders and Exxon Mobil’s lawsuit over whether the oil giant misled investors and the public. on his knowledge of climate change.

Healey also targeted OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and members of the Sackler family over allegations that they misled patients and doctors about the risks of opioids.

During the campaign, the Democrat warned that Diehl would “bring Trumpism to Massachusetts.” Diehl served as co-chairman of former President Donald Trump’s first presidential campaign in Massachusetts and won his endorsement for governor in a state that outright rejected Trump in 2016 and 2020.

Although Healey is Massachusetts’ first elected female governor, she is not the first to hold the position. Republican Jane Swift, then lieutenant governor, became acting governor in 2001 when Governor Paul Cellucci resigned to become ambassador to Canada. Swift was never elected governor.

Since 1991, Republicans had occupied the corner office of the Statehouse for almost eight years when Democrat Deval Patrick was governor.

Steve Leblanc, Associated Press

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