BROOKLYN (Aug. 9, 2023) — Higher Heights for America PAC, the only political action committee exclusively dedicated to electing more Black women to public office, has officially announced its endorsement of Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Matos currently holds the position of the 70th Lieutenant Governor of the State of Rhode Island, having assumed office on April 14, 2021. She was most recently elected in November 2022, becoming only the second woman to hold this post and the first woman of color. Additionally, Matos is the first Dominican American to serve as a Lieutenant Governor in the United States.
If elected, she will be the first Black woman to represent Rhode Island in Congress.
Matos immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic at the age of 20, driven by a strong determination to secure the American dream. She began her journey by working at a clothing factory before eventually moving to Providence. While in Providence, Matos worked in a jewelry factory and took the opportunity to learn English. Continuously striving for greater opportunities, she pursued a BA in Communications and Public Relations from Rhode Island College, graduating in 2001.
Prior to entering the world of elected office, Matos gained valuable experience in the nonprofit sector in Providence. She served as a coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Making Connections Providence project and later became the Associate Director of New Roots Providence. Matos then transitioned to state service, taking on the role of Chief of Program Development at the Rhode Island Office of Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity (now the Division of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion).
Eager to serve her community, Matos ran for the Providence City Council in 2010 and successfully won the election. In 2017, she assumed the role of acting president of the council, and in 2019, she was elected as the president of the city council.
“Higher Heights is proud to endorse Sabina Matos, a remarkable leader whose dedication to public service and commitment to advancing equity and inclusion make her the ideal candidate. Matos’s impressive track record in the nonprofit sector, her exemplary service on the Providence City Council, and her historic achievements as the first woman of color and the first Dominican American Lieutenant Governor in the United States demonstrate her unwavering passion for uplifting communities and creating positive change,” said Glynda C. Carr, President and CEO of Higher Heights PAC. “I am confident that Matos’s leadership, integrity, and vision will make her an invaluable asset in shaping a brighter future for Rhode Island and beyond.”
Higher Heights for America PAC is a political action committee providing Black women with a political home exclusively dedicated to harnessing their power to expand Black women’s elected representation and voting participation, and advance progressive policies from the voting booth to elected office, and creating the environment for Black women to run, win and lead. For additional information, visit https://www.higherheightsforamericapac.org.