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Mike Pence was sworn in as Indiana’s 50th governor just before 11:30 a.m. Monday.
A crowd gathered at the steps of the Statehouse where the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general were given the oath of office.
Pence began his inaugural address honoring the governors who came before him, including Evan Bayh and Mitch Daniels, both of whom were in attendance. He praised the fiscal and administrative legacy Daniels left behind but cautioned against complacency.
“With so many Hoosiers hurting in this economy, we must meet this moment with resolve, determined to leave our state more prosperous, our children more prepared, and our communities and families stronger than ever before,” Pence says.
Pence says all Hoosiers must do everything possible to build a more prosperous future.
“If you have a job, work at it as never before,” he says. “If you serve the people, serve with all your heart. If you can build a business, do. If you can start a business, try.”
Pence was sworn in by Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Brent Dickson using the inauguration bible of President Benjamin Harrison.
Pence Signs 15 Executive Orders
Governor Mike Pence went straight to work after being sworn in Monday, signing 15 executive orders.
One of Pence’s first acts in office was to rescind an executive order signed by former Governor Mitch Daniels. The new order shifts oversight of the Education Employment Relations Board from the state superintendent to the governor, where it had historically been before Daniels changed it. The EERB settles teacher contract disputes. Pence says the order is not a move to diminish the power of incoming Superintendent Glenda Ritz.
“Really believe that the historic framework and the accountability directly to governor is in the best interests of taxpayers and all parties concerned,” he says.
Pence also signed an order directing certain state agencies to create family impact statements. Pence says the impact statements are intended to ensure regulations do not discourage the formation and well-being of intact married families.
“We will in no way diminish our commitment to come alongside parents who are raising kids in difficult circumstances but this is more about leveling the playing field and making sure the state of Indiana is not promulgating rules and regulations that in any way disadvantage intact, two-parent families,” Pence says.
Pence also halted the creation of any new regulations by state agencies until his administration can assess ways to reduce regulatory burdens. Exceptions include regulations needed to create jobs and address emergency, health or safety situations.