Mike DeWine sworn in as Ohio's 70th governor

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CEDARVILLE, Ohio (AP) - 1:35 P.M.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - New Republican Gov. Mike DeWine says he's beginning his four-year term with great optimism about Ohio's future and a commitment to hearing others' ideas and perspectives.

But he told the audience at his Statehouse inauguration Monday not to mistake that for lack of vision or resolve.

DeWine led a GOP sweep of nonjudicial, statewide offices in November to become Ohio's 70th governor.

He succeeds term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

At 72, DeWine is the oldest person elected governor.

The former U.S. Senator is among Ohio's most well-known politicians after decades in elected office, most recently as Attorney General of Ohio.

The first executive orders he signed include one to ban discrimination in state personnel decisions on the basis of gender identity, pregnancy or being a foster parent, among other categories.

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12:01 a.m.

Republican Mike DeWine has been sworn in as Ohio's 70th governor.

The former U.S. senator took his oath in a private midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home ahead of a public inauguration at noon on Monday at the Statehouse. WTAP will be live streaming that event.

DeWine was sworn in with nine family bibles being held by his wife, Fran.



1/13/19 10:30 a.m.
Republican Mike DeWine is set to be sworn in as Ohio's 70th governor in a midnight ceremony at his Cedarville home.

The former U.S. senator will take his oath in the small ceremony hours before his public inauguration Monday at the Statehouse.

He and running mate Jon Husted (HYOO'-sted) led a GOP sweep of nonjudicial, statewide offices in November. DeWine defeated Democrat Richard Cordray to succeed term-limited Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik).

DeWine is among Ohio's most well-known politicians after serving in elected office for four decades, including as a state lawmaker, congressman, lieutenant governor and, most recently, state attorney general.

He also is the oldest person elected Ohio governor, having just turned 72 on Jan. 5. His physician vouched before the election that DeWine was in "very good" health.

(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)



 
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