Transition begins: Maura Healey meets with Charlie Baker

Photo credit: Office Of Governor Baker (licensed under "CC BY-NC-SA 2.0")

By Ashlyn Wang

To discuss the transition of power, Massachusetts Governor-elect Maura Healey and Lt. Governor-elect Kim Driscoll met with Gov. Charlie Baker and Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Wednesday at the State House.

Photo credit: Office Of Governor Baker (licensed under “CC BY-NC-SA 2.0”)

Healey and Driscoll claimed a historic victory in the 2022 midterm elections. The Associated Press declared Healey the winner Tuesday night after the polls closed at 8 p.m. After 95% of the vote was reported, Healey led with 63.5% of the total vote.

Baker and Polito decided not to seek a third term after serving two consecutive terms as governor and lieutenant governor. Baker congratulated Healey and Driscoll on their victory and promised to provide the new administration with as much assistance as possible to promote a smooth and helpful transition.

The transition has been planned for months; the meeting marked the beginning of the transfer of power. Healey thanked Baker and Polito for their work over the past eight years and their invitation to begin the transition process quickly. Driscoll will be leading the transition effort, according to Healey, and her administration has created a transition website to help smooth the process.

Healey, the current state attorney general, will officially take over the governorship Jan. 5, 2023. She is Massachusetts’ first elected female governor and the nation’s first openly lesbian governor.