Gretchen Whitmer to be sworn in as next governor New Year’s Day

LANSING, Mich.-- The new year will bring a new face in the governor's office.

Gretchen Whitmer will be sworn in as Michigan's 49th governor on Tuesday morning on the steps of the Michigan State Capitol. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. The theme of the inaugural celebration will be "Building Bridges Together."

History will be made as Whitmer becomes the second-ever female governor of Michigan and Garlin Gilchrist becomes the first African-American lieutenant governor of Michigan.

The swearing-in ceremony will begin with a performance by the 126th Army Band of the Michigan National Guard. There will also be a recognition of tribal nations, a parade of flags, a 19-gun salute by the 119th Field Artillery and a flyover by the Michigan Air National Guard.

An invocation will be performed by Rabbi Amy Bigman of Congregation Shaarey Zedek. There will also be prayers by Pastor Solomon Kinloch, Jr. of Triumph Church and Imam Sheik Ahmad Hammoud of Islamic Center of America.

The first to be sworn in will be the elected State Board of Education members, University of Michigan Board of Regents, Michigan State University Board of Trustee, Wayne State Board of Governors, followed by members of the Michigan Supreme Court, then Dana Nessel as attorney general, Jocelyn Benson as secretary of state, then Gilchrist and Whitmer.

FOX 17 will be streaming the ceremony on Facebook.

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6 comments

  • George

    The result of gerrymandering and free stuff on the east side. Well that and political ignorance of the voters and 50 + years of dem control

  • steve

    I really am open minded about Whitmer. If she’s successful and the state does well, fine.. But, I’ll be surprised if that happens and there are two things that bother me, one of which is being petty, the other serious. I thought her getting a kick out of “fix the damn roads” was unprofessional and childish. And, although I have no way of knowing, but I get the feeling that she’s a sexist, and that her attitude will be reflected in her actions. We’ll see.

  • RG

    West Michigan will be left out of everything. Whitmer will spend all her time and the states money on the Democrat strongholds in Detroit and surrounding counties.