Senate Judiciary approves nomination of Matos for lieutenant governor

Approval by Coyne-led committee paves way for full Senate vote

Posted 4/9/21

PROVIDENCE — The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), unanimously approved Gov. Daniel McKee’s appointment of …

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Senate Judiciary approves nomination of Matos for lieutenant governor

Approval by Coyne-led committee paves way for full Senate vote

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PROVIDENCE — The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Cynthia A. Coyne (D-Dist. 32, Barrington, Bristol, East Providence), unanimously approved Gov. Daniel McKee’s appointment of Providence City Council President Sabina Matos to the position of lieutenant governor, allowing the nomination to head to the full Senate for confirmation.

Ms. Matos would be the first Afro-Latina to serve as the state’s second-in-command. She was one of five finalists considered by the new governor as his replacement in the role, which he held until former governor Gina Raimondo was confirmed for a position in the cabinet of President Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Under the State Constitution, the lieutenant governor nominee is subject to advice and consent of the Rhode Island Senate. Ms. Matos, like Gov. McKee, would serve out the remainder of the current term through the election of 2022.

“I know Sabina will be a true partner in governing who is prepared to work closely with our administration starting on day one,” said Governor McKee. “She understands the challenges Rhode Island families and parents face, and she shares my commitment to supporting our municipalities and small businesses. Sabina is stepping into this role at a time of unprecedented challenges for our state, and she will be a critical partner in our fight against COVID-19, our effort to get shots in arms as quickly as possible, and our path to economic recovery from the pandemic.”

Ms. Matos, a first-generation immigrant, has served on the Providence City Council representing Ward 15 since 2010. She was the first Latina Council President Pro Tempore in Providence’s history and the city’s first Latina City Council President. Matos was born in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic. In 1994, she moved to the United States, first arriving in New York City, where she lived for a short time before moving to Providence. Ms. Matos graduated from Rhode Island College in 2001 with a BA in Communications and Public Relations. She lives in Olneyville with her husband, Patrick Ward, and their two children, Diego and Annemarie.

“I am truly humbled and grateful to Governor McKee for the honor to be nominated as our state’s next Lieutenant Governor,” said Ms. Matos. “I look forward to being the Governor’s partner and part of his team tackling the critical issues facing our state. Whether it be making sure we’re vaccinating as many Rhode Islanders as quickly as possible, getting people back to work and our small businesses open, addressing the affordable housing crisis in our state or breaking down the systemic barriers so that all Rhode Islanders have a chance at the American dream — we have much work to do and I’m ready to roll up my sleeves and get started.”

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