HARTFORD - Ned Lamont is officially the governor of Connecticut.
Following kind words from Reverend Dr. Ralph Ahlberg and his wife, Annie, Lamont took the oath of office Wednesday afternoon to become the state’s 89th governor. After the oath, the Democrat thanked his friends and family for their support of his political ambitions.
“I’m proud to be following in your footsteps,” Lamont said to former governors Jodi Rell, Lowell Weicker and Dannel Malloy.
Referring to Hamilton, probably the most popular play in the country currently, Lamont made the case for a new, “bold” Connecticut.
“Susan and I were reminded of this a couple weeks ago when we recently joined a couple thousand high school students for a performance of Hamilton at the Bushnell. I talked to the kids about the meaning of the song “My Shot,” where Alexander Hamilton sings about himself as a scrappy immigrant kid with great opportunities, just like his new nation,” Lamont said. “That’s what I love about America; every generation we get a chance to reinvent ourselves, and every election gives us a fresh start. This is our chance to reinvent Connecticut – to think big, act boldly. That’s what we need to do for the next four years.”
Towards the end of his speech, Lamont said he will soon urge the legislature to collaborate to help improve the state. Lamont said he would “not let the next four years be defined by a fiscal crisis.”
“I will remind all of us that there is no room for the critic on the sidelines. It’ll easy to vote no,” Lamont said. “Let’s give each other the benefit of the doubt, let’s leave our labels at the door, and let’s work like heck to get to yes – and make sure that all of our kids get their shot.”
Following the inauguration ceremony, Lamont joined the inaugural parade headed to the State Capitol. He will deliver his first State of the State address later in the day.
Attorney General William Tong, Comptroller Kevin Lembo, Treasurer Shawn Wooden and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill were also sworn in Wednesday. Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz was sworn in earlier in the day in Senate Chambers.
Maj. Michael Petersen served as the event’s master of ceremonies. Javier Colon performed the “National Anthem” and the Varick Choir performed “Amazing Grace” before the swearing in.
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