By Deba Uwadiae and Okon Ekpenyong
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Pat DeWine on Monday, January 9, 2023, administered the oath of office on Governor Mike DeWine (his father), for a second term in office, with the First Lady of the state, Fran DeWine (his mother) witnessing the father and son symbolic event.
After the swearing in, Governor Mike DeWine smiled, looked straight into the eyes and embraced the Supreme Court Justice son, who was also reelected at the November 2022 general election.
In his address, Governor DeWine promised to pay more attention to access to quality childcare, good school; and positive adult role models and mentors, first class infrastructure, delivering high-speed internet that will be available and reliable to every corner of every county; and working to make clean drinking water accessible to everyone.
“We will work with great urgency to remove the barriers that are blocking too many Ohioans from living up to their full God-given potential,” said Governor Mike DeWine.
“We are building an Ohio where every child can find something that they have a real passion for and get the training they need to turn that passion into their livelihood.”
On the economy, Governor DeWine said “Our economy is surging! Our state budget is on firm footing. Our bond rating is the highest it has been since 1979. And manufacturing is flourishing!”
“And — if you just want a chance for a better life and a brighter future — come to Ohio!”
Governor DeWine said “Ohio has always been a welcoming place, especially to people who seek freedom from oppression.”
“If you are a legal immigrant who has recently come to this country looking to build a better life, to earn a living, to create a home for your family, and to contribute to your community, I invite you to come to Ohio, because you will be welcome here!”
“We see that spirit in the Ukrainian people who have come to Ohio over the past year, asking for nothing but safety from war and the chance to earn a better life for themselves and their families.”
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