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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer sworn in for second term in office | #Education | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey


Lansing — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s second term in the state’s top office began Sunday with a swearing-in ceremony outside the Capitol.

Whitmer, a Democrat and former state lawmaker from East Lansing, won a second term as governor in the Nov. 8 election, defeating Republican Tudor Dixon by about 11 percentage points. New Michigan Supreme Court Justice Kyra Harris Bolden administered Whitmer’s oath of office.

The inauguration event started at 10:30 a.m. in downtown Lansing with temperatures hanging in the high 30s. Rain stopped before the festivities began.

Whitmer told the crowd of about 1,000 people she was excited to get work.

“My fellow Michiganders, I am honored that you have put your trust in me to continue leading our beautiful state,” she said. “I will be a governor for all Michiganders and I’ll work with anyone who wants to solve problems and get things done.”

The Nov. 8 election saw Democrats take control of the state House and Senate for the first time in 40 years. The victories will allow Whitmer’s party to set the agenda in Lansing and enact laws without Republican votes if Democrats can hold their slim majorities in the Legislature together.

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