Who is Maura Healey's partner? Massachusetts governor-elect is first lesbian elected to lead a state
Maura Healey's historic victory has successfully managed to place the governorship firmly back in Democratic hands
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: Democratic candidate Maura Healey's historic victory made her the first woman to be elected governor of Massachusetts and the nation's first openly lesbian governor. The Massachusetts attorney general's triumph against Republican opponent, former state Rep. Geoff Diehl, has successfully managed to place the governorship firmly back in Democratic hands.
Maura Healey, who has already won the statewide office twice, was previously a civil rights lawyer. She led the first state challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, which banned same-sex marriage. Maura Healey's massive political success has sparked curiousity about the Massachusetts governor's personal life.
Who is Maura Healey's partner?
The Massachusetts attorney general has been often linked with her long-term rumored partner Gabrielle Wolohojian. Maura Healey's partner, Gabrielle Wolohojian, 61, is a judge and serves as the Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court. She earned her BA from Rutgers University in 1982, followed by a Ph.D. from the University of Oxford in 1987 and a JD from Columbia Law School in 1989, according to The Focus. Gabrielle Wolohojian earned her first job in the judiciary system after graduating from law school. She worked as a clerk with judge Rya Zobel, of the District Court in Massachusetts, then with judge Bailey Aldrich, of the Court Of Appeals For The First Circuit, reported the source.
Gabrielle Wolohojian is a violinist and plays at the Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra and her bio on the Appeals Court website describes her as an “accomplished musician." In 1991, Justice Gabrielle Wolohojian joined Boston law firm Hale and Dorr but left the private practice in 1994 for 16 months to serve in the investigation of former governor of Arkansas, Jim Guy Tucker. In February 2008, she assumed office, taking over from Kenneth Laurence, during which Governor Deval Patrick appointed Gabrielle to the Appeals Court to serve as an Associate Justice. Although there is speculation that Maura Healey and Gabrielle Wolohojian are married, there is no official proof or any statement made by either of them to support this rumor.
After Attorney General Maura Healey won the Democratic primary for Massachusetts governor on Tuesday, November 8, she thanked her supporters in a speech. She also thanked those who did not vote for her, claiming she will be a "governor for everyone and she will work with anyone who is up for making a difference in this state." She even thanked Kim Driscoll and said she is lucky to have her as a partner in the campaign, saying, "we will all be lucky to have her as our next lieutenant governor." Healey even called out to little girls and every young LGBTQ person, and said, "I hope tonight can show you, you can be whatever and whoever you want to be. With the help of so many we made history."