Acting Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: 2001-2003
Jane Swift became the Governor of Massachusetts in April 2001 when Governor Paul Cellucci resigned to serve as Ambassador to Canada. As Lieutenant Governor, she had worked in tandem with Governor Cellucci and built upon initiatives begun during their administration.
Governor Swift kept tax relief a top priority. She filed legislation to expand the state's Earned Income Tax Credit and supported a voter initiative to reduce the state income tax to five percent. As Lieutenant Governor, Swift had taken a lead to advancing accountability and high standards for schools, teachers, and students. As Governor she continued to advocate educational reform and called for the state to provide a college education for foster children in its care. During her administration the red-hot stock market of the 1990s cooled abruptly, leading to reduced revenues and the need to draw from reserves, reduce expenses, or increase taxes.
Governor Swift is the youngest woman ever elected to the Massachusetts Senate and is Massachusetts' first woman Governor. She also is the first Governor in the United States to give birth while serving in office. Governor Swift, who resides with her family in Williamstown and maintains an office in North Adams, was the first governor in a century to hail from the westernmost Berkshire County.