- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has been elected chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors, and Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has been elected vice chairwoman.

Members of the coalition unanimously approved the governors last week during its annual winter meeting in Washington, D.C.

Baker, a Republican, said in a statement Monday he’ll continue to tackle the opioid and heroin epidemics and transportation and energy issues that affect the Northeast region.

Raimondo, a Democrat, says she looks forward to working with Baker on key issues including modernizing the region’s transportation infrastructure.

Amtrak’s operations in the Northeast corridor were a focus of the coalition’s meeting.

The coalition says it’s an association that encourages intergovernmental cooperation in the Northeast.

Last year’s chairman was Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat.

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