A big day For Dan McKee, March 2 proved a memorable date on multiple fronts. On Tuesday afternoon, McKee was due to be sworn in as Rhode Island's 76th governor. His elevation to the state's top office after serving as lieutenant governor since 2015 came
For Dan McKee, March 2 proved a memorable date on multiple fronts.
On Tuesday afternoon, McKee was due to be sworn in as Rhode Island’s 76th governor. His elevation to the state’s top office after serving as lieutenant governor since 2015 came following Gina Raimondo’s U.S. Senate confirmation as the next federal Secretary of Commerce.
“Rhode Islanders should be proud of Governor Raimondo’s confirmation as Commerce Secretary. It is an honor to have one of our own serving the country as a member of the Presidential Cabinet,” McKee said in a statement. “Our country will benefit from her leadership on important issues like a fair and accurate Census, promoting American businesses large and small, and making sure American companies are able to compete fairly overseas. I wish Governor Raimondo the best of luck in her new position and thank her for her years of service to Rhode Island.”
Earlier Tuesday, McKee and his wife, Susan, received their first doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.
“Vaccines are how we get Rhode Island back to school, back to work, and back to normal,” McKee said in a statement. “We must do everything we can to overcome vaccine hesitancy and build trust with Rhode Islanders of every background from every community. My administration will engage people in all 39 cities and towns – faith leaders, elected officials, business owners, and community activists – to spread the word that these vaccines are safe and will save lives. I thank every health care worker, public safety official, first responder, National Guard member and volunteer who are all working hard to get shots in the arms of Rhode Islanders quickly and safely.”
(Photo courtesy of Lt. Gov. Dan McKee’s office)