Wearing a yellow safety vest Mark Gordon is shown flanked by four statewide elected officials and Wyoming Chief Justice Michael Davis. The Republican took the oath of office today in the Rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol in Cheyenne with the American flag draping the scaffolding. The building which is more than 128 years of age has been closed for three years of renovations. The over $300 million project to renovate the Capitol and another building is nearing completion.
Most governor’s in Wyoming’s history have taken the oath in the Capitol. The obvious safety concerns and restrictions allowed for only a small crowd of relatives and an Associated Press reporter who witnessed the early morning ceremony. During brief ceremony, Wyoming Governor Gordon had his wife Jennie by his side.
“Being sworn in the Capitol, the people’s house, holds special historical significance to me as I represent the entire state of Wyoming as governor, following a long line of pragmatic, effective and strong leaders,” Gordon said.
Gordon beat Democrat Mary Throne to succeed two-term Republican Gov. Matt Mead. The public ceremony is slated for 10:30am at the Cheyenne Civic Center.
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