BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Gov. Maura Healey is now the happy occupant of the corner office. Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll were sworn in on the floor of the Massachusetts House Chamber at noon on Thursday, with a joint session of the State Legislature and many political power brokers in attendance.
The new governor walked into the house chamber dressed in all white, to raucous applause. Healey told the assembled crowd and the people of Massachusetts that she wants to "chart a path forward and walk it together, into the next chapter of our Massachusetts story."
Healey is the first woman and first openly LGBTQ person to be elected governor, and she takes the job after two terms in the Attorney General's chair.
WBZ's Madison Rogers (@madisonwbz) was at the state house to watch the history happen:
She made a handful of policy commitments in her inaugural speech. Those include making a "Secretary of Housing" in her first hundred days in office, and to hire a thousand new workers at the MBTA within her first year in office.
"Let's face it: the state of our trains and roads and bridges is unacceptable. Let's acknowledge that we can't have a functioning economy without a functioning T," she said.
Healey pledged to hire a new general manager with a "laser focus on making transit safe and reliable."
She and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll are holding an inauguration celebration at TD Garden at 5:00 PM.