Gov. Patrick reflects on his tenure, legacy

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, right, waves at the conclusion of his State of the State address as Mass. Senate President Therese Murray, left, applauds in the House chamber at the Statehouse, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, in Boston. While the economy continues to recover, the governor says many people in the state are still being left behind. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

BOSTON (AP) — As he prepares to leave office, Gov. Deval Patrick says he is proud of many of the accomplishments of the past two terms.

In a wide-ranging interview with the Associated Press, he cited strong employment gains and the foothold the state has in cutting-edge industries such as biotechnology, clean energy and advanced manufacturing.

The Democrat also said Massachusetts was among the national leaders in educational achievement and access to health care.

The state’s first black governor, Patrick said he still grapples with the significance of that distinction but notes that he is always expected to have a point of view when matters of race come up around the country.

Patrick leaves office Jan. 8, when Republican Charlie Baker is sworn-in.

Patrick hasn’t ruled out a future run for president, except in 2016.

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