Granholm Takes Oath, Makes History

By taking the oath of office, Jennifer Granholm made history by becoming the first woman to be governor of Michigan. She is also the first Democrat to hold the office in more than a decade.

Gov. Granholm, 43, took the oath on the steps of the Capitol shortly before noon on Wednesday. She had to shout the final words to be heard over the cheering crowd.

Asked how it belt to be the state's first female governor, Granholm replied "Great!"

Granholm says the first job of her administration will be tackling a budget deficit that could approach $2 billion in the fiscal year that starts October 1. She has to present a spending plan for that budget to lawmakers by mid-March.

Also sworn in Wednesday were Granholm's Lt. Governor John Cherry, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Attorney General Mike Cox. Land and Cox are both Republicans.

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