INDIANAPOLIS — Thousands of Hoosiers braved frigid weather to see Mike Pence sworn in as Indiana’s 50th governor Monday morning on the steps of the Indiana Statehouse .
Pence paid homage to outgoing Gov. Mitch Daniels and his administration, saying that Indiana has emerged as a “torch for fiscal responsibility.”
“For many Americans, today is another, if different, time of uncertainty,” he said. “It is a time where the disconnect between those who serve and the served has never seemed wider. Where the common sense of everyday people seems absent from public life. But not here in Indiana. Indiana has chosen a different course.”
Pence frequently drew applause from the throng of supporters and made reference to several historical figures of Indiana lore, including Abraham Lincoln and John Wooden.
“Hoosiers have strong opinions and stronger hearts,” Pence said. “They are hardworking, honest, patriotic, and, best of all, generous to those in need. From the civility of our public discourse, to the selflessness of Hoosier warriors defending us around the world, to the generosity of volunteers serving early morning coffee to first responders in Henryville, I have seen firsthand the goodness and kindness of our people manifest itself in countless ways.”
Just prior to Pence’s speech, Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann took her own oath and promised Hoosiers that they can count on her for the next four years.
“Problems can be solved,” she said. “It is possible to achieve the American dream through education, hard work, long hours, and determination. We are among the very few states where our opportunity outweighs our challenges. As governor Pence and I go to work, know that my focus will always be what is best for Indiana, what is right and just, and what ensures the prosperity of future generations of Hoosiers. I am honored to serve and ready to go to work.”