11-year-old governor-for-a-day takes over Twitter account

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An 11-year-old girl has taken over the Twitter account of Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and is spending the day being chauffeured to official events.                

Governor-for-a-day Mianna Gonsalves was sworn in to her temporary role Friday by a state Supreme Court justice.              

Raimondo, a Democrat, selected the East Providence 5th grader to fill in her shoes based on a winning essay Gonsalves wrote for Women’s History Month.              

Their shared Twitter feed on Friday was filled with shout-outs from prominent female politicians, including Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown.              

Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan, who is New Hampshire’s former governor, tweeted: “Congrats Mianna: here’s to having more women governors all across the country!”             

Women serve as governors in only five of the 50 states.

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