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Whitmer, Others, Take Their Oaths Of Office

Gretchen Whitmer
Cheyna Roth
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MPRN

Michigan officially has a new governor.  Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in Tuesday on the Capitol steps. 

49th governor of Michigan Gretchen Whitmer was sworn in by Michigan Supreme Court Justice Beth Clement – a Governor Rick Snyder appointee.

Throughout her speech, Whitmer called for unity – and building bridges instead of walls.  She’s a Democrat that will have to work with a Republican-led Legislature.

“We need to come together now, not as Democrats and Republicans, but as Michiganders. So let’s fix our roads and be the state that is not paralyzed by partisanship, but works together.”

New Attorney General Dana Nessel and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson were also sworn in.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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