Mike DeWine sworn in as new Ohio governor at Statehouse


    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine at the Statehouse for his public swearing-in on Monday Jan. 14, 2019. (WSYX/WTTE)

    Republican Mike DeWine took his public oath of office as Ohio's 70th governor in a Statehouse ceremony before family and friends.

    The event Monday afternoon follows the former U.S. senator's private midnight swearing-in at his Cedarville home.

    DeWine's son and Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine administered the oath of his to his father shortly after midnight.

    "I look out around this room, every one of you has been there for us. We are very, very grateful. We will not let you down," DeWine said after the ceremony.

    Moments after being sworn, DeWine als signed six executive orders on a variety of issues.

    • Executive Order 2019-01D, Creating the Governor’s RecoveryOhio Initiative
    • Executive Order 2019-02D, Creating the Governor’s Children’s Initiative
    • Executive Order 2019-03D, Establishing Ohio as a Disability Inclusion State and Model Employer of Individuals with Disabilities
    • Executive Order 2019-04D, Elevating Foster Care Priorities in Ohio
    • Executive Order 2019-05D, Anti-Discrimination Policy in State Government
    • Executive Order 2019-06D, Elevating Prevention within the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

    He and running mate Jon Husted led a GOP sweep of nonjudicial, statewide offices in November. DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich.

    Husted was also sworn in as lieutenant governor in a ceremony at Riverside United Methodist Church in Columbus.

    New Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted was sworn in at a midnight ceremony at his church in Columbus, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE)

    DeWine was sworn in a second time during an elaborate ceremony at the Statehouse Monday afternoon.

    “Today we are united as Ohioans," DeWine said during his inaugural address. “For the next four years I’ll be asking the people of the state and the General Assembly to do things where the results won’t be immediate but where they will be profound.”

    DeWine is among the state's most well-known politicians after serving in elected office for four decades. He has been a state lawmaker, congressman, lieutenant governor and, most recently, state attorney general.

    “Governor DeWine has been there, done it, seen it all," said Rep. Rick Carfagna (R - Genoa Township). "He can navigate the bureaucracies of not just Ohio but also Washington DC. Today is a day to celebrate. It’s a day to look forward and start generating some ideas on how we can take this state forward.”

    He is the oldest person elected Ohio governor, having turned 72 on Jan. 5. His physician vouched before the election that DeWine was in "very good" health.

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