Maura Healey Named Democratic Governors Association’s Women Governors Fund Chairman

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Less than a year after assuming office, Maura Healey is taking on a national political role.

The Democratic Governors Association named the Massachusetts governor as its chairman of the association’s Women Governors Fund this week.

The fund serves one purpose:  electing Democratic women governors.

“From creating more economic opportunity for families to protecting fundamental freedoms, our historic class of Democratic women governors is leading the way to deliver on the biggest issues facing American families. At the same time, it’s no secret that we face unique challenges and barriers to being elected,” Healey said in a Democratic Governors Association press release. “With attacks on reproductive rights at an all-time high and too many families continuing to struggle with the high cost of living, we must keep working to support and promote more Democratic women to join our ranks in these vital executive roles across the country. I am honored to take on this role and I look forward to working with the DGA to continue building our bench of Democratic women governors.”

Healey replaces New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, who had served in the position since 2021. 

In her new role, Healey will help raise money for female Democratic candidates for governor, advise candidates, and “help eliminate the barriers that women face when running for executive leadership,” according to the press release.

“A proven winner and trailblazer, Gov. Healey understands the unique challenges women candidates and executives face, while also building a strong record of delivering for Massachusetts families by cutting costs, investing in housing and transportation, and protecting reproductive rights,” Democratic Governors Association executive director Meghan Meehan-Draper said in the written statement. “Gov. Healey is the perfect leader to take on this new role, and the DGA is thrilled that she will be bringing her experience and knowledge to this critical initiative.”

The Democratic Governors Association touts the following as its achievements that Healey will look to build upon, according to the press release:

 

  • Since 2018, the DGA has invested over $80 million in states and campaigns to elect and re-elect the country’s current and historic class of eight Democratic women governors.
  • Two out of the three governor’s offices that flipped from red to blue in 2022 were in states that now have a Democratic woman governor (Massachusetts and Arizona).
  • In 2022, a record eight Democratic women governors were elected, including the successful reelections of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly, Maine Gov. Janet Mills, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, and New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, as well as the successful elections of new Democratic women governors, including Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs, Massachusetts Gov. Maura Healey, and Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek.

 

Governor Healey’s office could not be reached for comment on Wednesday or Thursday.

 

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