Gov. Healey's Inauguration Speech: Housing, Free Community College, Child Care, Climate ...


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"It is the honor of my life to lead this state," Maura Healey said Thursday as she was inaugurated as Massachusetts' first female governor.

Healey, a Democrat, took the oath of office from Republican Charlie Baker, who was sworn in for a second term after serving as governor for eight years, the Boston Globe reports.

In her inauguration speech, Healey praised Baker as "the best teammate I could ask for" and said he "has led with an eye to the future protecting the coastal treasure of our state, and making sure we preserve it for generations to come."

She said her family's story "is a Massachusetts story, more than three centuries in the telling."

She said that when she was born in Maryland, her grandparents worried she wasn't starting her life in her home state.

"So she dug up a little dirt from the woodlot, caught a plane, sneaked into the hospital room, and put the little bag under the delivery table," Healey said.

"Massachusetts is my home.

Its natural gifts take my breath away, and its people fill me with inspiration in return."

She said the first basketball game was held in the state, the first public park was established, and the first Americanlighthouse, railroad, and subway were built

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