Hickenlooper sworn in as Colorado’s 42nd governor

DENVER — Democrat John Hickenlooper took the oath of office today as Colorado’s 42nd governor and promised to immediately go to work on the state’s top issues: jobs and the economy

Hickenlooper told hundreds of people shivering in the cold during an 11-minute speech that he will sign executive orders promoting jobs as one of his first orders of business.

“We will chart a course for economic revival from the bottom up, county by county,” he promised.

Other statewide elected officials were also sworn in today, including two Republicans, tripling the number of statewide Republican officials.

Republican Scott Gessler was sworn in as secretary of state, which oversees elections, and Walker Stapleton took the oath as treasurer. They’ll join Republican Attorney General John Suthers, who is taking an oath for his second term.

Hickenlooper’s executive orders will require the state to partner with local communities in creating jobs and designing economic plans for those communities.

Another order will emphasize global opportunities and create the Governor’s Trade and Tourism Ambassador Program, and a third will help counties cut red tape. The ambassador program will enlist Colorado businesses and people in other states and countries who have a stake in Colorado to spread the word that Colorado welcomes innovation and new investment.

On Friday, Hickenlooper sets off on a statewide tour to help counties develop economic development plans that will be incorporated in a statewide economic development plan.

Spectators were given handwarmers to ward off the frigid weather. A flyover by military jets was canceled because of icing on the runways.

Hickenlooper, who resigned as Denver mayor earlier in the day, said current challenges present a great opportunity for people to put aside their differences and make Colorado a model for prosperity and good government.

The new administration will work with lawmakers to deal with a $1 billion revenue shortfall this year and the top issue will be jobs and the economy.


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