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Rhode Island Politics and Policy Series: Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos

Monday, October 4, 2021

12 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

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This event is for students only.

This series convenes monthly and is designed to provide students with opportunities to engage with policy and political leaders from Rhode Island. Our speaker for October 4 will be Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos.

Sabina Matos was appointed as the 70th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island on April 14, 2021. She is the second woman to hold this post and the first woman of color. Additionally, she is the first Dominican American to hold the position of Lieutenant Governor in the United States.

Before she was appointed Lieutenant Governor, she served on the Providence City Council from January 2011 until April 2021. During that period, she was elected as the first Latina to hold the position of City Council President Pro Tempore in 2015, and in 2019 she was elected City Council President by her peers. She has the distinction of being the first Latina to hold both positions in the city’s history. As the Councilwoman for Ward 15, she represented the neighborhoods of Olneyville and parts of the Silver Lake and Valley.

Lieutenant Governor Matos was born in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic. In April 1994, she emigrated to the United States.

She is a proud graduate of Rhode Island College, where she earned her BA in Communications and Public Relations in May of 2001.

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