Daniel McKeeDaniel McKee – RI

Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2021; Mayor from 2007 – 2015

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Afghan refugees welcome in Rhode Island, McKee tells Biden
The Boston Globe, EdwardAugust 24, 2021

PROVIDENCE — Afghan refugees are welcome in Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee told President Biden in a letter Tuesday.

“Like many people across the world, Rhode Islanders have been deeply troubled and saddened by the tragedy that continues to unfold in Afghanistan,” McKee wrote. “I am writing to let you know that Rhode Island stands ready to welcome Afghan allies and families eager to seek solace and safety in our state — a state that was settled by refugees.”

McKee, a Democrat, noted that Roger Williams founded Rhode Island based on the principles of religious freedom and tolerance.

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Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2021; Mayor from 2007 – 2015

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I’m proud to share that RI is the 1st state to have all colleges and universities require #COVID19 vaccinations for students returning to campus this fall. Thank you to our institutions for taking proactive steps to keep our communities safe. #Vaccinate401@higheredri @RIHEALTH

Featured Video: 
Q&A with RI Lt. Governor Daniel McKee

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Afghan refugees welcome in Rhode Island, McKee tells Biden
The Boston Globe, EdwardAugust 24, 2021

PROVIDENCE — Afghan refugees are welcome in Rhode Island, Governor Daniel J. McKee told President Biden in a letter Tuesday.

“Like many people across the world, Rhode Islanders have been deeply troubled and saddened by the tragedy that continues to unfold in Afghanistan,” McKee wrote. “I am writing to let you know that Rhode Island stands ready to welcome Afghan allies and families eager to seek solace and safety in our state — a state that was settled by refugees.”

McKee, a Democrat, noted that Roger Williams founded Rhode Island based on the principles of religious freedom and tolerance.

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Born in Cumberland, Dan is the son of James and Helen Willa McKee. His parents taught him the importance of working hard and giving back to the community. In particular, Dan is still inspired by his father’s role in starting the local Boys & Girls Club in their town.

Dan graduated from Cumberland High School, where he played basketball and met his wife Susan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and education from Assumption College. He earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He has owned and operated successful small businesses in the Blackstone Valley for three decades.

Dan and Susan have two children, Matthew and Kara. Both children went to public school in Cumberland. For many years, Dan was a youth basketball coach, where he mentored young athletes and won two AAU state championships.

In 2000, McKee was elected Mayor of Cumberland after serving for eight years on the Town Council. He served 12 years as mayor, leaving the office in 2014 when he was elected Lieutenant Governor.

When Dan took office, Cumberland had a “junk bond” credit rating and its finances were close to being taken over by the state. When he left office, Cumberland had a budget surplus and a AA bond rating. He also turned around two failing elementary schools and fixed a high school that was falling apart. Additionally, Dan created the state’s only Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth, and Learning, which has supported thousands of Cumberland students.

Elected Lieutenant Governor in 2014, McKee used the office to stand up for working Rhode Islanders and support small businesses. Together with 26 mayors, Dan sued Big Pharma to hold them accountable for their role in the opiate crisis. He took on the giant electric companies and lowered costs for ratepayers. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Dan organized a grassroots small business movement ensuring millions of dollars in federal C.A.R.E.S. Act funds were allocated to support the small business community.

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Daniel J. McKee (born June 16, 1951) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 76th governor of Rhode Island since March 2021. A member of the Democratic Party, he previously served as the 69th lieutenant governor of Rhode Island from 2015 to 2021.

Born in Cumberland, Rhode Island, McKee received his undergraduate degree from Assumption College and his Master’s degree from Harvard Kennedy School. He served as a member of the Cumberland town council from 1992 to 1998 and mayor of Cumberland twice, from 2000 to 2004 and from 2006 until 2014.[1] He was elected as the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 2014. When Governor Gina Raimondo resigned to become President Joe Biden‘s secretary of commerce in 2021, McKee ascended to the post of governor of Rhode Island.[2]

Early life

McKee’s family has owned and operated small businesses in northern Rhode Island for over one hundred years. He is a practicing Roman Catholic.

After graduating from Cumberland High School, McKee received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and a Master of Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Early career

McKee was an officer of McKee Brothers, a heating, air conditioning, and home heating oil delivery business founded by his grandfather.[3] In addition, he ran a health and fitness business for more than 30 years.[3]

During his time on the Cumberland, Rhode Island Town Council (1992–1998), McKee was also a basketball coach, coaching groups of boys and girls at all levels, culminating in two State AAU Basketball Champions in 1998 and 2000.

He served six terms as Cumberland’s mayor. McKee worked with state and federal officials in the aftermath of Cumberland’s historic spring flooding to minimize the damage; and he steered Cumberland through Rhode Island’s unprecedented economic downturn.[citation needed]

In 2008, McKee worked with mayors across the state to pass a law allowing for the creation of new, regional, mayor-governed and highly autonomous public schools known as “Mayoral Academies.” In 2009 and 2010, McKee again helped organize mayors and education advocates to enact a new education funding policy.

For over twenty-five years, McKee has been a member of the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Cumberland-Lincoln, serving as past president of the executive board and chairman of the endowment committee.[4]

Lieutenant Governor of Rhode Island

In 2013, McKee announced his candidacy for Rhode island lieutenant governor, defeating Secretary of State of Rhode Island Ralph Mollis and State Rep. Frank Ferri in the Democratic primary.[5] McKee faced Republican Catherine Terry Taylor, a legislative aide and speechwriter for U.S. Senators John Chafee and Lincoln Chafee.[6] McKee won with 54.3% of the vote. He was re-elected in 2018.[7]

On January 7, 2021, President-elect Joe Biden selected Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as his choice for Secretary of Commerce. Since McKee was next in line of succession, he would become governor once Raimondo would be confirmed by the United States Senate. She was confirmed on March 2, 2021 and submitted her resignation as governor shortly after.[8]

In February 2021, McKee began to form a COVID-19 advisory board in anticipation whenever he would become Rhode Island’s governor.[9] He had criticized the Raimondo administration over a slow COVID-19 vaccine rollout.[10]

Governor of Rhode Island

Governor McKee and wife Susan at the 2021 Bristol Fourth of July Parade

McKee was sworn in as the 76th Governor of Rhode Island on March 2, 2021 following Raimondo’s appointment as U.S. commerce secretary.[11]

COVID-19

McKee said his main priority was to advance COVID-19 vaccine rollout and to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Rhode Island.[12] By July 4, Rhode Island had fully vaccinated over 633,000 people, representing 70% of its eligible adult population.[13] It was the fifth state to reach that milestone.[13] Also in July, McKee terminated the state mask mandate but extended the COVID-19 emergency declaration to August 6, citing the prevalence of the delta variant.[14]

McKee speaks at an event in November 2021

Electoral history

Cumberland Mayor

Cumberland Mayor Election, 2000[15][16]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee 4,390 61.48
DemocraticFrancis Gaschen2,75038.52
Total votes7,140 100
General election
Democratic Dan McKee 11,625 100.00
Total votes11,625 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2002[17]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 9,131 81.94
IndependentJulian Pytka2,01218.06
Total votes11,143 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2004[18]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic David Iwuc 2,666 54.98
DemocraticDan McKee (incumbent)2,18345.02
Total votes4,849 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2006[19][20]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee 4,331 62.33
DemocraticDavid Iwuc (incumbent)2,66637.67
Total votes4,849 100
General election
Democratic Dan McKee 10,612 100.00
Total votes10,612 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2008[21][22]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 3,871 64.40
DemocraticDavid Iwuc2,14035.60
Total votes6,011 100
General election
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 12,650 100.00
Total votes12,650 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2010[23]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 8,091 63.95
IndependentDavid Iwuc4,56236.05
Total votes12,653 100
Cumberland Mayor Election, 2012[24]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 12,667 96.55
Write-in4523.45
Total votes13,119 100

Lieutenant Governor

Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Election, 2014[25][26]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee 48,634 43.47
DemocraticRalph Mollis40,20835.94
DemocraticFrank Ferri23,02920.59
Total votes111,871 100
General election
Democratic Dan McKee 169,078 54.29
RepublicanCatherine Terry Taylor105,30533.81
ModerateWilliam H. Gilbert25,9518.33
LibertarianTony Jones10,2213.28
Write-in9060.29
Total votes311,461 100
Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Election, 2018[27][28]
Primary election
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 57,983 51.09
DemocraticAaron Regunberg55,51748.91
Total votes133,500 100
General election
Democratic Dan McKee (incumbent) 226,528 61.87
RepublicanPaul Pence106,50529.09
ModerateJoel Hellmann11,3323.10
IndependentJonathan J. Riccitelli9,8662.70
IndependentRoss K. McCurdy9,4082.57
Write-in2,5130.69
Total votes366,152 100

References

  1. ^ Edgar, Randal. “Cumberland Mayor McKee announces bid for R.I. lieutenant governor”. providencejournal.com. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  2. ^ Anderson, Katherine Gregg and Patrick. “Raimondo resigns after winning Senate confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary; McKee sworn in as RI governor”. The Providence Journal. Retrieved March 12, 2021.
  3. ^ a b Edgar, Randal (August 24, 2014). “Democrats in R.I. lieutenant governor race put economy first”. The Providence Journal. Providence, RI.
  4. ^ “Daniel McKee’s file”. @politifact. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  5. ^ “Rhode Island lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014”. Ballotpedia. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  6. ^ ChrisS. “FirstWorks Names Taylor President of Board”. GoLocalProv. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  7. ^ “Lt. Gov. McKee wins re-election”. WPRI.com. November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 21, 2019.
  8. ^ Wang, Hansi Lo (March 2, 2021). “Biden’s Commerce Secretary, Gina Raimondo, Confirmed By Senate”. NPR.org. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  9. ^ “McKee names COVID advisory board”. Boston Globe. February 3, 2021.
  10. ^ “McKee criticizes Raimondo administration over vaccine rollout”. WPRI. February 15, 2021. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  11. ^ Gregg, Katherine; Anderson, Patrick. “Raimondo resigns after winning Senate confirmation as U.S. commerce secretary; McKee sworn in as RI governor”. The Providence Journal. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  12. ^ “RI Lt. Gov. Says Speeding Up Vaccine Distribution Is His ‘Top Priority’. NECN. Retrieved March 3, 2021.
  13. ^ a b “Rhode Island reaches 70% COVID vaccination rate”. MassLive. Associated Press. July 3, 2021. Archived from the original on July 10, 2021. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  14. ^ Anderson, Patrick (July 9, 2021). “Governor McKee extends emergency, 3 additional cases of delta variant in RI”. The Providence Journal. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  15. ^ “State Democratic Primary”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  16. ^ “2000 General Election”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  17. ^ “2002 General Election”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  18. ^ “Summary Results – Cumberland”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  19. ^ “Summary Results – Cumberland”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  20. ^ “Summary Results by Community: Cumberland”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  21. ^ “2008 Statewide Primary”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  22. ^ “2008 General Election”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  23. ^ “2010 General Election”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  24. ^ “2012 General Election”. State of Rhode Island Board of Elections. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  25. ^ “RI Lt. Governor – D Primary”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  26. ^ “RI Lt. Governor”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  27. ^ “RI Lt. Governor – D Primary”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2021.
  28. ^ “RI Lt. Governor”. Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 7, 2021.

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Daniel McKee – RI

Current Position: Governor
Affiliation: Democrat
Former Position(s): Lt. Governor from 2015 – 2021; Mayor from 2007 – 2015

Featured Quote: 
I’m proud to share that RI is the 1st state to have all colleges and universities require #COVID19 vaccinations for students returning to campus this fall. Thank you to our institutions for taking proactive steps to keep our communities safe. #Vaccinate401@higheredri @RIHEALTH

Featured Video: 
Q&A with RI Lt. Governor Daniel McKee

Gina Raimondo

Current Position: Governor since 2015
Affiliation: Democrat

During her time in office, Governor Raimondo has kick-started the state’s economy and created thousands of jobs. Rhode Island’s unemployment rate—the highest in the country during her first campaign for governor—is now in line with the national average and the lowest it’s been in three decades. Gina’s made record investments in infrastructure and education. Under her leadership, Rhode Island became the fourth state in the country to offer tuition-free community college for every high school graduate.

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