Meet Dan Mckee

Dan McKee is Rhode Island’s 69th Lieutenant Governor whose first term continues to prove that the Office of Lieutenant Governor can deliver real results for Rhode Island families.

As a result of Dan's leadership, Rhode Island consumers are finally being represented in a meaningful way versus corporate shareholders like National Grid. Rhode Island communities are taking legal action against big pharmaceutical companies that have fueled the opioid epidemic. Small businesses are being empowered and connected with workforce training dollars while unfair fees and penalties are being identified in each industry such as local brewers and painters. And a first class education is being demanded for all Rhode Island students.

McKee graduated from Cumberland High School and went on to receive a B.A. from Assumption College in Worcester, MA and then finally an M.B.A from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

As a six-term Mayor of Cumberland, Dan succeeded in rescuing the town’s finances from junk bond status, achieving a total of 6 bond rating upgrades over 12 years. He managed an $86 million town budget, successfully negotiated police, fire and municipal employee contracts and created the state’s first Mayoral Academy public charter school, Blackstone Valley Prep.

Participation in the community is important to Dan. A past president of the Cumberland-Lincoln Boys and Girls Club, Dan has always understood the importance of investing in our youth, as evidenced by his creation the Cumberland Mayor’s Office for Children, Youth and Learning, the only program of its kind in Rhode Island. Dan has coached youth boys and girls basketball of all ages and skill levels. He credits his experience of coaching a diverse group of young men for six years as the inspiration for the Mayoral Academy school model, insisting on diversity by design and the belief that all children can learn and deserve the same opportunities for success. This team, the RI Shooting Stars won the Rhode Island state championship in 1999 and 2001 and competed in several national competitions, and the team members still have close relationships with their coach to this day.

Dan is a proud third generation, lifelong Rhode Island resident. Dan’s grandfather founded an ice delivery company serving the Blackstone Valley in 1900, this business would later become McKee Brothers Oil Company which is still a successful family run Rhode Island small business today. Dan has worked to support the oil company and together with his father founded the Woonsocket Health and Raquetball club in the mid 1980’s. Dan was ahead of his time and transformed the club into one of the first fitness clubs in Rhode Island, which operated for over 20 years. These businesses have provided good paying jobs for Rhode Island men and women for over a century. Dan understands the impact that our small businesses have on the Rhode Island family and how they are too often short changed in favor of blue chip companies and state house lobbyists.

Dan and his wife Susan reside in Cumberland. They have two children, Matt and Kara.

 
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“As a lifelong Rhode Islander and local leader, the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve met along they way remind me that more often than not, the most meaningful change starts in the community.”

— Dan McKee