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Patrick To Take Traditional "Lone Walk" Out Of The Statehouse


The transition to a new administration on Beacon Hill begins Wednesday, as Deval Patrick marks his final full day in the Statehouse corner office of the governor.

Patrick’s eight years as governor were very effective ones in the view of State Senator Stan Rosenberg of Amherst, who will become Senate President Wednesday.

" He is a very deep thinker, who surrounded himself with people who had big ideas and they have  been able to advance quite a few of them," Rosenberg said recently.

Patrick will exchange traditional symbolic gifts with Governor-elect Charlie Baker and then just after 5 pm begin what is known as the “lone walk.”   Patrick will leave the Statehouse for the final time as governor through the front doors, which open only for ceremonial occasions.  He’ll descend the steps to a 19-gun salute.  Baker will be sworn in as governor at noon Thursday.