Mass. Gov. Maura HealeyGov. Healey

Gov. Maura Healey's office said Friday, March 22, that it plans to share the location of her out-of-state personal travel to media upon request at the end of each month. Her representative said Healey's most recent trip was to Puerto Rico.

The announcement came after Healey made headlines this week for keeping her travel under wraps.

The Boston Globe reported last week that Healey's office would not disclose where the governor went during a four-day trip out of Massachusetts last month. The governor's office announced last fall that it would stop informing the press and public ahead of time about Healey's travels out of Massachusetts, though officials said they would share her monthly calendars after the fact.

That announcement came after a neo-Nazi group protested outside her Arlington home last October. The same group protested there last month.

'My personal life is my personal life'

February's four-day trip appeared on the calendar as merely "Gov OOS," or out of state, with no location listed. Healey doubled down on maintaining privacy for her and her family March 18, telling reporters "my personal life is my personal life" and adding that she is "constantly working." Other governors have also emphasized that they are connected while out of state, but have also disclosed the purposes and destinations of out-of-state travel ahead of time, including personal vacations.

"I don't know that other governors have done it differently. And there have been times when I've disclosed where I've been on personal trips, as other governors have done. And also, it's not the case that that's the way it's always been done," Healey said this week on WBUR.

"So, look, I think the important thing for people to know is that I will always and will continue to disclose my work-related travel and all I do as governor, whether it's in the state or out of the state. And with respect to personal time and personal family time . . . I'm going to continue to keep that personal."

Policy change

The March 22 announcement represents a change in that policy.

"The governor's focus is on balancing the need to protect the privacy and security of her family while also providing information to the public," spokeswoman Karissa Hand told the State House News Service.

Hand said Healey's out-of-state trip last month was to travel to Puerto Rico for a long weekend to celebrate her birthday with her partner.

"Last month, the governor's partner, Joanna Lydgate, took her to Puerto Rico for a long weekend for her birthday – their first vacation together in a long time," she said.

BostonGlobe.com reported March 22 that Healey’s office months ago stopped publicly divulging her out-of-state travel plans ahead of time, citing unspecified security concerns. But last month’s trip was the first instance in which her office, at least initially, shielded her whereabouts even after the fact.

2nd protest when Healey was away

Secretary of State William Galvin, a Brighton Democrat, said at the time that he would serve as acting governor for roughly three days — from Friday, Feb. 9, until the evening of Sunday, Feb. 11 — because both Healey and Lt. Gov. Kim Driscoll had left the state. Under the state Constitution, the secretary of state is next in line to become acting governor if the governor and lieutenant governor are not in Massachusetts.

A copy of Healey’s monthly calendar, which her office released last week in response to a Globe request, noted that Healey was not in Massachusetts starting a day earlier, on Feb. 8 — the day of Healey’s 53rd birthday. But beyond noting she was out of state, it did not specify exactly when she left Massachusetts, when she returned on Feb. 11, or other details, such as to what airport she was flying.

The second neo-Nazi protest was Feb. 10, when Healey was away.

Healey and Lydgate also appeared this week as guests on The Globe's "Love Letters" podcast, talking about their relationship, the role that music plays in their lives, how Healey serving as governor affects their personal lives, the governor's fondness for folding laundry, and more.


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This new summary was published March 22, 2024, based on a report by Sam Drysdale of the State House News Service and one by BostonGlobe.com..

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