America’s first openly lesbian governor. Maura Healey wins November 9, 2022 by Anil Patil

Democrat Maura Healey won the Massachusetts gubernatorial election on November 8. It’s the first time a governor of the United States has been chosen who is out as a lesbian.

In Oregon, openly lesbian candidate Tina Kotek is running for governor.

Healey has been the attorney general of Massachusetts since 2015 and has worked on gun control, consumer protection and abortion rights.

She was the captain of the women’s basketball team while attending Harvard University, and has been on the European professional basketball team after graduating.

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She is also the first woman to be elected governor in Massachusetts. Republican Jane Swift, who was governor from 2001-2003, took office after her predecessor resigned after being appointed ambassador.

Supporters celebrate Healey’s victory (November 8, 2022)

Democrat Maura Healy first woman to be elected governor in Massachusetts

Healey won by a wide margin over Trump-backed Republican Jeff Deal in the gubernatorial election on a campaign to improve public transportation and fight soaring house prices.

While Massachusetts is a liberal state, centrist Republican candidates have often been elected governors for most of the past three decades. Healy is the second Democratic governor since 1991.

Healy’s election will also add a new sexual minority governor.

In the US, Kate Brown of Oregon, who came out as bisexual, and Jared Polis of Colorado, who came out as gay, have been governors.

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