Inside Maura Healey Dating Life
Maura Healey has been dating Joanna Lydgate for the past two years.
The Massachusetts governor shared the news in her interview with The Boston Globe on January 8, three days after being sworn into her position.
Healey had beaten the Republican candidate, John Miller, in the general election held on November 8, 2022, to become the first woman governor of Massachusetts and the first open member of the LGBTQIA+ community to become a governor in the country.
The former basketball star of Harvard University, Maura, decided it was time for her to be open about her relationship with the public. So she approved of showing her longtime lover to the world.
The couple met for the first time in 2010 when they worked in the Civil Rights Division. Lydgate is the former chief deputy of Healey as they started working together in 2014 after their success in the campaign, which saw Healey succeeding Martha Coakley. But the romance didn't brew until 2020 after Lydgate joined States United Democracy Center.
Maura and Joanna share similar interests, whether it is about basketball or saving democracy. Joanna's basketball exploits aren't an unknown fact. The former co-captain of the Harvard Crimson women's basketball team Maura, played basketball in Europe, specifically in Austria.
While working day and night for her campaign in 2022, Healey would still manage time to engage in short basketball matches with the students of the colleges she would travel to. Even during the tense situation of the Presidential Election in 2020, Healey managed to sneak a basketball analogy into her speech.
In 2018, Maura was selected by InStyle Magazine as one of 50 badass women. In the photoshoot, Maura showed that she still had her basketball skills hadn't faded away.
The Massachusetts Attorney General at the time, Healey, shared the photos on her Instagram handle, and the moves were later seen in the video shared by InStyle on their YouTube channel.
Joanna is as passionate about basketball and sports as Maura but prefers to be a coach rather than a player.
Joanna trains her two kids in basketball and soccer as she handles her duties as the president and CEO of the non-partisan organization States United Democracy Center.
In 2017, when Maura was invited as a guest speaker at Mount Wachusett Community College, she was introduced with a basketball in her hand. The Governor of Massachusetts has previously wished for National Girls and Women Sports Day with a picture of her playing basketball with university players.
There is no doubt that basketball was probably one of the topics that did bring Joanna and Maura closer.
Who Is Joanna Lydgate?
Joanna Lydgate age 42 is a graduate of Yale University, where she received a degree in English.
After graduation, she worked as a Paralegal Specialist and program associate for the refugee protection program for two years.
Then Lydgate decided to enroll in UC Berkeley School of Law, where she earned Juris Doctor through which she was able to work as a Law Clerk and Assistant Attorney General. It was during this time she crossed paths with Maura.
In 2014, Jonna became policy director for Maura Healey and later worked in Massachusetts Attorney General's Office for five years until 2020 as a deputy attorney general.
Joanna moved on to become a national director for Voter Protection Program for nine months, and that is when she started dating Maura Healey.
Currently, she works as a President and Chief Executive Officer for the organization, which she opened in 2021, alongside Norm Eisen and Christine Todd Whiteman, to protect and secure the democracy of the USA and make sure that every voice gets heard and every vote gets counted.