When Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts ends her term in 2015, she says she will be finished with elective politics, forever.
"I've loved my work. I've spent 10 years in the state Senate representing Cranston and Warwick. I will have been eight years lieutenant governor. I am very much committed to public service and hope to be involved in health care going forward, but I will not be running for office again," Roberts said Friday on taping of "10 News Conference."
Roberts is one of the few women who have held one of the state's five general offices. She said even though the lieutenant governor's office has no constitutional duties, except to take over as governor if the governor dies or is incapacitated, it is necessary to have someone elected statewide in case they have to take over as governor.
As far as the upcoming election, Roberts is not saying who she'd back between Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, the two likely Democratic candidates.
"Like most Rhode Islanders I'm doing my job and waiting to see who formally announces and what their platforms are going to be," Roberts said.
Roberts said she'd like to continue her work in the health care arena and that she intends to still live in Rhode Island.