Gov. Charlie Baker has left his State House office for the last time. By Thursday afternoon, it won't be his anymore.
Baker chatted with Gov.-elect Maura Healey briefly on Wednesday before handing over symbols of the governor's office, in a tradition akin to a gubernatorial Olympic torch relay. Lt. Gov Karyn Polito and Lt. Gov.-elect Kim Driscoll also exchanged items.
The ceremony involved tokens that represent the office, including a key, two gavels, a bible and a book of laws. Afterwards, Healey said she appreciated being part of the long-running tradition.
"We respect those traditions and the continuity of government and democracy in Massachusetts, home to the oldest living constitution in the world," she said.
Later that afternoon, Baker made long strides down the front steps of the State House, completing the so-called "lone walk" departing governors make on their last full day of service. Polito and gubernatorial spouses Lauren Baker and Steve Rodolakis joined Baker for the trek, making it not such a lonesome walk after all.