Boston: Charlie Baker Takes Over Massachusetts’ Corner Office

Republican Charlie Baker has officially become the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. (Paige Sutherland/WATD)

Republican Charlie Baker has officially become the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts. (Paige Sutherland/WATD)

Today is Republican Charlie Baker’s first full-day as the 72nd Governor of Massachusetts after being sworn in Thursday afternoon at the State House.

Hundreds waited in lines outside the capitol building in sub-zero temperatures in order to get inside to congratulate Baker either with a firm handshake, a hug or sometimes even a kiss.

Among those in attendance was former Governor and presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, former U.S. Senator of Massachusetts Scott Brown and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Charlie Baker greets everyone as he walks out of the House Chamber after being sworn in on Tuesday. (Paige Sutherland/WATD)

Charlie Baker greets everyone as he walks out of the House Chamber after being sworn in on Thursday. (Paige Sutherland/WATD)

The cheers were endless and people were ecstatic that Baker, who lost the Governor’s bid five years ago, was finally in charge.

And it was pretty clear yesterday that Baker was ready to get right to work.

“Some of our toughest challenges have been ignored perhaps lost within the successes or become equivalent to kicking a can down the road because they are not politically convenient or easy to fix but I know we can do better,” Baker said during his inaugural address.

A few of the things Baker mentioned he wanted to tackle head on was closing the nearly half a billion dollar budget gap, creating more jobs and better access to quality education as well as confronting the increasing opiate crisis.

But one thing he was truly passionate about was strengthening bipartisanship.

“At first we must have courage to set partisanship aside and embrace the best ideas and solutions, no matter what side of the aisle they come from,” Baker said.

This was something that was echoed by running mate, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, who was also sworn in yesterday.

“And only when we put partisanship and politics aside and only when we focus on what unites us rather than what divides us will we begin to realize the limitless potential of our people and our great state.”

The Quincy- and Brockton-based bakery Montillio's made a 480-pound 3-D replica of the Massachusetts State House in honor of Charlie Baker's inauguration. (Paige Sutherland/WATD

The Quincy- and Brockton-based bakery Montillio’s made a 480-pound 3-D replica of the Massachusetts State House in honor of Charlie Baker’s inauguration. (Paige Sutherland/WATD

And again reiterated by the newly appointed Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, who presided over the inaugural ceremony.

“And while there may be disagreements from time to time — we pledge that we will do so without being disagreeable, so at the end of the day we have solutions, products and policies and budgets that reflect the true feelings and needs and opportunities and ideals of the people of this Commonwealth,” Rosenberg said.

Baker made it clear that there was a lot of work to be done, but said he is hopeful that his incoming administration along with the 20 new representatives and five new senators can work together to put Massachusetts back on top.

“If we approach our work everyday with courage, judgement, integrity and dedication — only by working together will we make Massachusetts great and I know we will.”


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About Paige Sutherland

Paige Sutherland was a State House reporter for WATD, and left WATD full-time in March, 2015. She will continue to update WATD time-to-time on relevant New Hampshire news.