PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) ─ The Rhode Island Senate has voted to confirm Providence City Council President Sabina Matos as the state’s next lieutenant governor.
The Senate voted unanimously in favor of Matos’ confirmation during Tuesday evening’s session.
Matos was nominated by Gov. Dan McKee to be his successor late last month after he took over for former Gov. Gina Raimondo, who left for Washington to become U.S. commerce secretary.
“Sabina understands the challenges facing Rhode Island families and she shares my commitment to supporting our municipalities and small businesses,” McKee said in a statement following her confirmation. “I look forward to having her as my governing partner as we work to get shots in arms as quickly as possible so we can get Rhode Islanders back to work, businesses back in business, and students back in the classroom safely.”
Once Matos is sworn in on Wednesday morning, she will be the first person of color and second woman to serve in the state’s No. 2 job.
“It’s not lost on me that this is a historic moment, and also the weight of the office and the challenge that is presented to me,” Matos said. “I promise, to all of you, to work really hard to make you proud of this decision.”
R.I. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea said swearing Matos in as lieutenant governor on Wednesday will be an honor.
“Our best public policies come when we have a variety of backgrounds and opinions around the policy-making table, and I look forward to having another woman of color included in these discussions.” she said.
Matos resigned as council president during a special meeting following her confirmation, however, she has not yet resigned as a councilor. She is expected to resign from the council completely on Wednesday once she is sworn into her new role.
Following her resignation, the council elected Councilor John Igliozzi as its next president.
12 News will be live streaming Matos’ swearing-in ceremony, which will take place at 8:30 a.m. at the State House.