BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) – On Wednesday, Gov. Deval Patrick will become the longest serving Massachusetts governor since Gov. Michael Dukakis.
In 2006, Patrick, a successful lawyer, ran for elected office and defeated Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey breaking a streak of 16 years of Republican control at the State House.
Sixteen years ago Monday, Gov. Bill Weld, who was midway into his second term, handed the governorship over to the late Lt. Gov. Argeo Paul Cellucci as Weld pursued an ambassadorship to Mexico. Patrick on Wednesday reaches his 2,401st day in office and passes Weld in continuous service as governor, reports the State House News Service.
Several politicians, including departing state Democratic Party chairman John Walsh, remarked favorably on Patrick's time in office citing the state's groundbreaking 2006 health care law, his handling of the Boston Marathon bombings, and his willingness to exercise his executive powers for public safety purposes.
However, House Minority Leader Brad Jones said it is only fitting that the milestone falls on a day when gas, tobacco, and computer services taxes are about to rise.
"To celebrate that day we are inflicting $500 million in tax increases on the citizens of the Commonwealth," Jones told the News Service. He said, "I think that pretty much sums up the seven years."
Dukakis, who spent three terms, two of which were consecutive, as governor, is the longest-serving governor of the state.
In 2014, Patrick will be the fourth longest serving governor of Massachusetts in the history of the nation.
*This report is attributed to the State House News Service