Pence Sworn In As Governor (With Photos & Video)

By Eric Dutkiewicz


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January 14, 2013 Updated Oct 24, 2013 at 6:09 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (www.incnow.tv) - From Congress to the Governor's Mansion, Michael R. Pence was sworn in Monday morning at Indiana's 50th governor.

Placing his hand on a Bible used at the inauguration of President Benjamin Harrison, Pence was flanked by his wife, Karen, and three children.

"I am eager to be the governor of all the people of Indiana," Gov. Mike Pence said in his inaugural address. "As Indiana approaches our bicentennial, I know that together we will write the next great chapter in Indiana history."

Pence thanked the former governors, including Mitch Daniels and Evan Bayh, who sat side-by-side.

"I accept the responsibilities of this office with gratitude and boundless confidence in you, my fellow Hoosiers. We have good government, but make no mistake about it-our state is poised for greatness. The core of that greatness remains our people," the new governor added.

Pence sat in a chair once owned by President William Henry Harrison, who served as first governor of the Indiana Territory. The link to tradition was clear, and Pence attempted to look towards the future for the state.

"Tell Indiana's story," Pence said. "Each of us has a role to play. Each of us has a torch to light."

Pence, a Republicanm, beat Democratic former State Speaker of the House John Gregg in November. Sue Ellsperman of Ferdinand, Ind., was sworn-in as lieutenant governor.

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