RI’s First Female Governor is Inaugurated - Gina Raimondo

Wednesday, January 07, 2015


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Gina Raimondo

It is official, Rhode Island has its first female Governor. Gina Raimondo becomes Rhode Island's 75th Governor and she took the oath of office 240 years after Nicholas Cooke, RI's first Governor, was sworn into office.

Rhode Island's most notable Governors include the likes of William Sprague, III, Thomas Dorr, Henry Lippitt, Theodore Francis Green, John Pastore, John Chafee and now a Rhodes Scholar - Raimondo.

Take a look at some of the images from Tuesday's frosty event.


Related Slideshow: Gina Raimondo is Inaugurated as the 75th Governor of RI

Gina Raimondo was inaugurated on Tuesday, Janary 6, 2015 as Rhode Island's 75th--and first female-- Governor. 

Joined by her family, Raimondo was sworn in on the south steps of the Rhode Island State House. 

For a further look at her day, see the slideshow below. 

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Despite the frigid temperatures  and a light snow falling, hundreds turned out in front of the Rhode Island State House to see Gina Raimondo sworn in as the 75th Governor, and first female governor, in Rhode Island history. 

Raimondo is also the first democrat to win the office in 22 years. 

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Gina Raimondo is accompanied by her husband Andy Moffit and former governor Lincoln Chafee and his wife Stephanie.

They watch as the snow falls and the ceremony carries on. 

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The gorget

Gina Raimondo waves to the crowd after being presented with the gorget by Major General Kevin R. McBride. 

The gorget was used by 14th century knights to protect their necks from swords and various other weapons

The gorget symbolizes Raimondo's status as Governor and the Commander and Chief of the RI National Guard. 

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19 Gun Salute

Just prior to Governor Raimondo's inaugural address, the Rhode Island militia fired off a 19 gun salute with cannons on the state house lawn. 

It was about  as loud as you could imagine. 

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Raimondo's Speech

"To spark Rhode Island’s comeback, we have to do three things:

First, BUILD THE SKILLS our students and workers need to compete in the 21st century;

Second, ATTRACT entrepreneurs and investment in industries of our strengths, to stimulate our economy and create jobs;

And third, INNOVATE, including in our state government, to enhance accountability and deliver value to taxpayers," Raimondo said in her first speech as Governor of Rhode Island. 


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