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Charlie Baker sworn in as Governor

On Thursday, January 8, Charlie Baker took his oath to serve as Governor of the Commonwealth. Governor Baker was sworn in by newly elected Senate President Stanley Rosenberg in front of the Massachusetts state legislature, friends, family and other notable guests, including former Gov. Mitt Romney and former Sen. Scott Brown.

A focal point of the ceremony was Governor Baker's inaugural address. In it, he promised fixes to the state budget deficit, unemployment and drug addiction. To read the complete transcript of Governor Baker's inauguration speech, click here.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito also officially took office and addressed invited guests at the swearing in ceremony.

Afterward, Gov. Baker took to the State House library to swear in six of his Cabinet members. Cabinet members include Marylou Sudders, Health and Human Services Secretary; Kristen Lepore, Administration and Finance; James Peyser, Education; Jay Ash, Housing and Economic Development; Matthew Beaton, Energy and Environmental Affairs; and Ron Walker, Labor and Workforce Development. Baker has yet to name his choices to lead Transportation and Public Safety. 

Other appointments of note include Steve Kadish, chief of staff; Dr. Monica Bharel, commissioner of the Department of Public Health; and Carlo Basile, chief secretary.

The Providers' Council both congratulates and looks forward to working with the new administration on issues of importance to the human services sector.