Ricketts takes oath of office

Before a crowded chamber of legislators, staff, family and friends, Pete Ricketts was sworn in Jan. 8 as the 40th governor of Nebraska.

Joining Ricketts was his wife, Susanne Shore, and their three children, Roscoe, Margot and Eleanor. Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican administered the oath of office.

In his remarks, Ricketts said that the success of the state depends upon the strength of its diverse citizens.

“Our rich history is deeply rooted in freedom, opportunity, liberty and hope for a better life for future generations,” he said. “As we gather here today, we continue to welcome people who value freedom and who search for a better life.”

Ricketts outlined several priorities for lawmakers, including the creation of jobs, growth of businesses and modernization of educational policies. His number one priority, however, is cutting property taxes.

“We must cut taxes,” Ricketts said. “At the same time, we must act responsibly.”

“The people of Nebraska expect government to work and they hold us to high standards. I will work every day to meet those standards and safeguard that trust,” he said.

The inaugural ceremonies also included the swearing in of several returning and newly elected officials, including:
• Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley;
• Secretary of State John Gale;
• State Treasurer Don Stenberg;
• State Auditor Charlie Janssen;
• Attorney General Doug Peterson;
• Public Service Commissioner Crystal Rhoades;
• State Board of Education members Patrick McPherson, Maureen Nickels, Molly O’Holleran and Patricia Timm; and
• Board of Regents members Tim Clare and Rob Schafer.

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