Ralph B. Davisrdavis@civitasmedia.com
January 16, 2013
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was sworn in today as the 35th Governor of West Virginia in front of several hundred friends, family members, supporters and fellow West Virginians who gathered at the State Capitol on Monday.
“I’m honored and humbled to once again serve the wonderful people of West Virginia,” Tomblin said. “In the past two years we’ve made real changes by putting our families and our communities first. I promise you we will continue putting them first for the next four years.”
U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) congratulated Tomblin on his inaguration in a released statement.
“My friend Governor Tomblin has worked throughout his career to put West Virginia first and to improve our great state, and today is a celebration of his unwavering commitment to public service,” Manchin said. “I look forward to continue to work with Governor Tomblin and our state’s elected officials to bring responsible government to the people of West Virginia.”
Chief Justice Brent Benjamin of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals administered the oath of office using the Tomblin family Bible. Following the oath of office, the 1st Battalion of the 201st Field Artillery recognized the governor by firing a three-gun salute. Immediately following the inaugural ceremony, Tomblin, first lady and their family joined West Virginians for refreshments.