After serving Indiana for years in Congress, Mike Pence took the oath of office Monday to serve as the state’s 50th governor.
The inauguration day events kicked off at 10:30 a.m. at the Statehouse with live music. The ceremony itself began at 11 a.m., before Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson administered the oath to Gov.-elect Pence at 11:32 a.m.
“Very excited and very humbled,” Pence told Fox 59 News at an inauguration weekend event on Sunday. “This is a very special time in the life of our family, but we know it’s not about us. It’s about Indiana. It’s about taking steps that are going to get this economy moving and get these schools working for all of our kids. That’ll be our focus the minute we take that oath on Monday.”
Inauguration festivities started on Saturday, kicking off the three-day celebration. Aside from the ball Saturday night, all other events were free to the public. A prayer and worship service Sunday afternoon featured local choirs and bands, as many younger families attended.
“We wanted to make families kind of the center of the start of the inauguration,” future First Lady Karen Pence said. “I’ve taught for 25 years and we wanted children to have an opportunity to come meet Gov.-elect Pence.”
Indiana Republican Party State Chairman Eric Holcomb issued the following statement Monday:
“We have officially passed the torch from one great Republican governor to our next great Republican governor. With Governor Mike Pence and Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann at the helm, Indiana’s greatest days lie ahead.
“There’s a reason why Indiana is recognized as a beacon of hope and an example of success. Our Republican leaders have brought more jobs, less debt and lower taxes through fiscal discipline and a focus on creating the most attractive state for growth in the country. Other states can learn a thing or two from Indiana and that success will continue under the leadership of Governor Pence and Lt. Gov. Ellspermann. We are lucky to have yet another dynamic duo at the helm of state government, fighting to protect Hoosier taxpayers and families every single day.”