Governors in the six New England states will be sworn in this week, a mix of old names and current ones.
Three of the incumbent governors won re-election and are headed to a second term: Connecticut’s Dannel Malloy, New Hampshire’s Maggie Hassan and Maine’s Paul LePage.
Vermont’s Peter Shumlin won the most votes in November, but failed to hit the required 50 percent. So this Democratic governor needs the Democratic-dominated legislature to make things official for him when lawmakers cast secret ballots this Thursday.
In Massachusetts, there’s definitely a new governor: Republican Charlie Baker takes over from Democrat Deval Patrick, who didn’t seek a third term.
In Rhode Island, Democrat Gina Raimondo succeeds Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Lincoln Chafee, who called it quits after one term in office.