INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana’s new governor officially took office on Monday. Governor Eric Holcomb was sworn in during an inauguration ceremony.
In his inaugural address, the governor said he was ready to hit the ground running. Holcomb pointed to the success of the state and promised to keep that going by being innovative and forward thinking. He shares the morning with several other elected officials who were also sworn in.
First it was Auditor of the State Tera Klutz, next Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, then Attorney General Curtis Hill, and Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and then it was the Hoosier state’s new governor’s turn as Eric Holcomb took the stage was sworn in as Indiana’s 51st governor.
He began his inaugural address by thanking his wife, First Lady Janet Holcomb. In the front row sat three former governors; Evan Bayh, Mitch Daniels and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
“It says a lot about Indiana leadership that Mike is the 6th Hoosier to go on to serve as Vice President of this great nation,” said Holcomb.
The governor spoke about the pioneers who have shaped the state, Eli Lilly for example. He also spoke about reforms since the Daniels administration, that he says have made the state financially sound. Holcomb said Indiana has nearly $2 billion in reserves and an unemployment rate that is lower than the national average.
“Despite our ongoing momentum, we can’t afford to get complacent or take our eyes off the ball,” he said.
Beginning in 2003, Holcomb served as Daniels’ advisor. Now Daniels has advice of his own to pass on.
“I’ve told him I’m proud of him. I’ve reminded him, although he didn’t need reminding, that he needs to lead as we used to say, a party of purpose. He needs to constantly be about making this state better ” said Daniels.
The event was open to the public. Although the venue wasn’t even halfway full, the crowd was enthusiastic.
“I think that Governor Holcomb is going to make a wonderful governor,” said Yevonne Brown.
The governor closed with a promise to Hoosiers, “Together we are the pioneers who will take our state to the next level. I’m chomping at the bit to start. Thank you all got bring here,” he said.
Pence began moving out of the governor’s mansion over the weekend. He was seen there after the inauguration ceremony.
When reached for comment, officials with Holcomb’s administration said he would not be moving into the governor’s residence immediately, and did not have a ballpark idea on when he might be arriving.