Biden congratulates McKee, Healey on gubernatorial victories

Gov. Dan McKee is seen giving his victory speech, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — President Joe Biden made congratulatory calls Tuesday to Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee and Massachusetts Gov.-elect Maura Healey.

McKee won his first full term in office after defeating his GOP challenger, Ashley Kalus.

Last week, First Lady Jill Biden made multiple stops across Rhode Island to support Democrats on the ballot, including McKee.

McKee is a former lieutenant governor who became the state’s chief executive in March 2021 when two-term Gov. Gina Raimondo was tapped as U.S. commerce secretary.

Healey defeated Republican Geoff Diehl, a former state representative who had the endorsement of former President Donald Trump.

The Democrat made history as the state’s first woman and first openly gay candidate elected to the office.

Her election returns the governor’s office to Democrats after eight years of Republican leadership under the popular Gov. Charlie Baker, who opted not to seek reelection.

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