Gov. Baker announces new member of cabinet with ties to western Massachusetts

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BOSTON (WWLP) – It didn’t take long for Governor Charlie Baker to name a new Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs after Matthew Beaton announced he’d be stepping down Monday.

Gov. Baker tapped Hampden native Katie Theoharides to take his place. 

Theoharides spent much of her childhood exploring the outdoors in rural western Massachusetts. 

“We spent a lot of time growing up outdoors, we didn’t have a stoplight in the town I grew up in and so there wasn’t a whole lot to do besides playing in the woods, playing in the stream behind the house, going skiing in the winter and that type of thing,” Theoharides said.

Theoharides went on to get a master’s degree in biology and later worked within the Baker-Polito administration as the Director of Climate and Global Warming.

“There are very few people who’ve had as broad a look at what’s going on at the state and local level and what’s going on in the public and private sector around climate change and resilience than the look Katie’s had,” Gov. Baker said. 

The Governor credited Katie Theoharides’ experience to her knowledge of the environmental challenges Massachusetts residents face every day. 

Secretary Theoharides will officially be sworn in on May 3. 

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