April 11, 2001 |
Republican Jane Swift took office Tuesday as Massachusetts governor--apparently, the first pregnant governor in U.S. history--and is sure to be watched closely for how she balances career and family. Swift, who was elevated from lieutenant governor, has a 2 1/2-year-old daughter and is expecting twins in June. She succeeds Gov. Paul Cellucci, who resigned to become U.S. ambassador to Canada. Swift, 36, has not said whether she will run for a full term in 2002 in this heavily Democratic state.
October 10, 1999 |
While Democrats at all levels fight to preserve a failing education system, Republican governors are taking bold steps to demand better results from students and teachers, Gov. Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts said. Cellucci, in the weekly GOP radio address, credited his fellow governors for bucking the status quo and using high-stakes tests to hold students and schools accountable.
November 17, 2002 |
Acting Gov. Jane Swift was diagnosed with viral meningitis after being admitted to a hospital with headaches and nausea. The illness is not life-threatening, but Swift, 37, will remain hospitalized for up to three days, said Dr. Troy Brennan of Brigham and Women's Hospital. "She's doing quite well," Brennan said. Swift became acting governor in 2001 after Paul Cellucci was appointed U.S. ambassador to Canada.
August 19, 1999 |
The head of the Massachusetts Port Authority resigned in Boston after it was learned that he went on a "booze cruise" paid for by his agency during which a woman bared her breasts. Peter Blute cited "recent errors in judgment" in a letter of resignation to Gov. Paul Cellucci. The Boston Herald said its reporters saw Blute and lobbyist Sandy Tennant, a top state Republican party official, drinking beer and champagne. At the end of the tour, the newspaper said, a passenger lifted her shirt.
October 17, 1998 |
Jane Swift, a candidate for lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, gave birth to her first child after her pregnancy pushed the issues of family and work to the fore. Swift didn't leave the campaign trail until two days before giving birth to 7-pound, 6-ounce Elizabeth Ruth Hunt. She may return to campaigning before the Nov. 3 election. Her pregnancy was never a big issue in a race tied more to the top of the paired ticket, GOP gubernatorial candidate Paul Cellucci.
February 7, 1998 |
Women who want to tone their bodies without men looking on can now sweat in peace, thanks to a state law signed by the governor. Not everyone is hailing it as a victory for women, though. The law is opposed by an unlikely coalition of men rebuffed by all-women health clubs, as well as the National Organization for Women. Gov.