Gretchen Whitmer was officially sworn in as Michigan’s 49th governor Jan. 1 in front of a crowd of about 2,000 people who gathered at the Capitol in downtown Lansing. Also sworn in was Whitmer’s running mate, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.
“We may belong to different parties, but we are all here for the same reason. We are proud Michiganders, first and foremost. And we owe it to the people we serve to cast partisanship aside, to roll up our sleeves, to build bridges together,” Whitmer said expressing her gratitude to for those in attendance and asking them to “keep showing passion for our state.”