Snyder Era Begins With Michigan Inauguration

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING (AP) -- Former computer executive Rick Snyder was sworn in as Michigan's 48th governor on Saturday, taking charge of a state starving for a turnaround after years of economic distress.

Shortly after noon, Snyder took the oath of office from Marilyn Kelly, chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. During his inaugural speech, the Republican pledged to lead Michigan to a "bright future" in the years ahead.

"The reinvention of Michigan must not leave anyone behind," he told the hundreds of people seated on the Capitol lawn. "The old unbelievable needs to become the new achievable."

Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her husband, Dan Mulhern, shared the stage with Snyder and his family. So did her predecessor, Republican John Engler, and his wife, Michelle. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, a Democrat, served as master of ceremonies.

Engler served from 1991-2002, leaving office 18 months after the state's economy started a downward slide that bedeviled Granholm during her eight years in office. Michigan has lost jobs every year for the past decade, and was the only state to lose population during that period.

Snyder, a Battle Creek native who left Michigan to help run Gateway Inc. but returned to start two venture capital firms in Ann Arbor, said Saturday it's time to stop worrying about what happened in the past and focus on making Michigan globally competitive.

"Let today be the birth of a new chapter in Michigan's history. Let today be the birth of the era of innovation and the reinvention of Michigan," he said.

The inauguration took place on a platform built over the Capitol steps facing downtown Lansing. The ceremony began under sunny skies and relatively mild temperatures in the 40s, but the skies were clouding over and temperatures dropping as the ceremony wrapped up shortly before 1 p.m.

Also sworn in were Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Attorney General Bill Schuette, Supreme Court Justices Robert Young and Mary Beth Kelley and eight Court of Appeals judges re-elected in November.

Kelly also gave the oath of office to members of the State Board of Education and the boards of Wayne State University, Michigan State University and the University of Michigan.


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