Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos formally inaugurated Sunday

Matos is the first woman and Afro-Latina to hold the position.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Sabina Matos has been formally inaugurated as Rhode Island’s 70th Lieutenant Governor. Matos is the first woman and Afro-Latina to be named Rhode Island’s Lt. Governor.

The public ceremony took place on the North Lawn of the State House Sunday at noon. Mask wearing was enforced and social distancing measures were in place throughout the ceremony.

Also in attendance were Congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin, Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and former Rhode Island Lieutenant Governors.

Matos was sworn in at a small private ceremony on April 14. She was handpicked by Gov. Daniel McKee in March.

Matos was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the U.S. in 1994. She was first elected to the city council in 2010 and was voted president in 2019.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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