Senate confirms Matos as Rhode Island’s next lieutenant governor

Sabina Matos will be sworn in as lieutenant governor Wednesday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. at the State House.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE)- The Rhode Island Senate voted unanimously Tuesday to confirm Sabina Matos as the state’s 70th lieutenant governor.

“Today is a historic day in Rhode Island and I want to offer my congratulations to Sabina Matos on her confirmation as our state’s next Lieutenant Governor – I am thrilled to have her join our team,” Governor Dan McKee said in a statement.

Matos was nominated by McKee in March. She will be sworn in as lieutenant governor Wednesday, April 14 at 8:30 a.m. in the State Room of the State House.

“Sabina understands the challenges facing Rhode Island families and she shares my commitment to supporting our municipalities and small businesses,” McKee said Tuesday. “I look forward to having her as my governing partner as we work to get shots in arms as quickly as possible so we can get Rhode Islanders back to work, businesses back in business, and students back in the classroom safely.”

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said, “Congratulations to Sabina Matos on her historic confirmation as Rhode Island’s next Lieutenant Governor. Our best public policies come when we have a variety of backgrounds and opinions around the policy-making table, and I look forward to having another woman of color included in these discussions.”

The former Providence City Council President will be the first person of color and second woman to serve as Rhode Island’s second in command.

The Lieutenant Governor’s Office said a public inauguration for Matos will take place in the coming weeks.

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