Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) will announce Wednesday that he is not seeking a third term in the governor’s mansion in 2022.
Baker was elected in 2014, narrowly defeating then-Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) to become the Republican governor of one of the country’s bluest states. His first run for the governorship ended in narrow defeat in 2010 against Democrat Deval Patrick.
A former corporate executive, Baker’s time in office in Massachusetts has been characterized by a notable lack of controversy and insertion into national political issues. He responded to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic with aggressive lockdown measures that some of his fellow Republican Governor colleagues were resistant to install. For those decisions, he earned scorn from conservatives and praise from liberals.